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Diversity: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore…(A Collaboration with a Purpose Post)

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Well, it’s time for another Collaboration with a Purpose post, and this month’s theme is diversity. We can talk about anything — cultural, in particular — that highlights the importance of diversity.

Take a look at this nifty picture, created by fellow blogger Sadaf Sidiqqi:

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As to why I’m doing this? Well, culture is very important. I think we take it for granted in the United States, because we’re more diverse overall than most places in certain respects. (For example, in Racine, Wisconsin, where I live, we can get all sorts of different types of food, such as Thai, Japanese, Indian, and of course Italian and Mexican, though all of those are filtered through an American lens.)

But that diversity, in some ways, is under attack. Rather than celebrating all the unique and interesting people we have in this country, and also around the world, we’ve seen a resurgence of what I can only call tribalism — that is, “My tribe” (i.e., America) “is better than yours.”

Note: I don’t like tribalism. I think it’s self-limiting and self-defeating. I think we were put here to become better, wiser, and kinder people…and we can’t do that if we huddle in our own tribes, being afraid of anyone who’s not “us.” Moving on…

Still, I believe in diversity. I believe there must be a reason for all the different cultures in this world, and I think they’re there so we can learn, and grow, and improve ourselves. Even if it’s sometimes a laboriously slow process, it’s worthwhile.

And before you say it, while there definitely are some cultures I do not appreciate at all (ISIS, anyone?), we should have experts who try to understand why they do what they do, in order to protect the rest of us. Again, moving on…

Diversity, overall, is a good thing. Whether you were originally from Poland, Finland,  Ireland, Malaysia, Egypt, or any points more exotic, you are worthy and interesting and valuable. You are worth getting to know from your own perspective as best we can manage it, we who aren’t from Poland, Finland, et. al., and that’s one reason why I think we must begin to embrace diversity rather than shun it.

See, diversity brings understanding, but it also brings richness and a better life. And that richness has to be part of what the Higher Power wanted us to learn while we’re here on this Earth. (Otherwise, why are we here at all?)

Now, go and see what the other folks are writing about today, all right? I’m sure there must be some really interesting takes on diversity out there this time…(as there always are).

The other collaborators this time around are listed below, along with some of their best prior quotes from the previous Collaboration with a Purpose posts (as compiled by blogger Nicolle K.):

  • Addison D’Marko (“If you want to achieve complete happiness one of the things you are going to have to do is care less. By this I mean stop putting so much thought into the things that do not matter.”)
  • Camilla Motte @ Moms on the Go (“We want to be help to the helpless. We all need love and support and I pray this community will be that for you.”)
  • Jothish Joseph @ TheJothishJosephBlog (“Anybody can write “Extra” before “ordinary” but only people of courage dare to earn it…”)
  • Ipuna Black (“None of us are perfect or come from perfect backgrounds, but this doesn’t mean we can’t aim for a positive and fulfilling life. The life we all deserve.”)
  • Jane Love @ Harmonious Joy (“People who have a genuine say and a true voice of their own… not just an echo of some celebrity they think they love.”)
  • Mylene C. Orillo (“Where I’m at right now is a testament that ‘Dreams really do come true.’”)
  • Sonyo Estavillo @ ‘Lil Pick Me Up (“I am here to champion anyone from the successful and confident folks, to those that are clinically depressed.”)
  • And Nicolle K @ Stories of a Highly Sensitive Introvert! (“Success, for me, is when I spend my days feeling happy, peaceful, fulfilled and without fear of lack.”)

So, there you have it!

And do leave a comment, please…I always appreciate hearing from my fellow bloggers and friends. (What else would you like me to talk about, for example? I’m always interested in new blog subjects.)

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Written by Barb Caffrey

November 5, 2017 at 8:00 am

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  4. I love it. I love all the different foods from cultures all over too. I agree. There has to be a reason for diversity!

    Ipuna Black

    November 5, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    • Thanks, Ipuna. I think sampling different foods is fun. And I agree — there must be a reason for diversity! 😀

      Barb Caffrey

      November 5, 2017 at 6:01 pm

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  7. I agree with this awesome post! It’s certainly sad many people go all “My tribe is better than yours”; living in a multicultural country, I see that being used as a political card all the time. But I’m glad to be raised here, as I have the chance to make friends, learn about and of course, try the different foods of people from other cultures. 😀

    Nicolle

    November 5, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    • Thanks, Nicolle! I am glad you enjoyed it. 😀 And yes, you are right about the advantages…and about how tiresome it is for tribalism to be used as a political card.

      Barb Caffrey

      November 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

  8. It’s true that in the United States, we’re much more diverse as a country than others. Reminding ourselves about our own individual uniqueness is important. If we were all the same shade and religion and thought the same way…it would be a very dull place. Nice post. ❤

    Sonyo Estavillo

    November 5, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    • Thanks, Sonyo! 🙂 I am with you all the way; I do not believe in the whole idea of “one size fits all,” and figure that we need diversity in order to live better lives. I’m glad you enjoyed my post.

      Barb Caffrey

      November 6, 2017 at 12:40 am

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  10. I agree with this awesome post! our own individual uniqueness is important. . It’s what makes the world fun and exciting

    Jainey

    November 7, 2017 at 7:53 am

  11. There are certainly advantages to diversity. Particularly diversity of thought in education and politics, and diversity of genetic material in biology being important. However it seems that too often these days all we get is lip service diversity as filtered through one political lens or another.

    There can also be disadvantages to diversity as well. If two (or more) people/cultures have wildly differing views of the world they may not be able to effectively communicate with each other due to differing expectations. When I was in college (mumble-mumble years ago) I read a report on a study that showed there being some advantages to teaching classes divided along gender and/or race lines. It seems certain groups tend to process information in slightly different ways, so having a homogeneous group of students was beneficial in certain circumstances.

    Diversity for diversity’s sake strikes me as similar to having change for change’s sake. As the old mechanic’s saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If something isn’t working well, look for a solution. But don’t start forcing a solution on people in search of a problem.

    kamas716

    November 9, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    • Kamas, I’m always glad to see your comments. 🙂

      Yes, we need diversity in everything, and not to just pay lip-service to it. That doesn’t mean we’ll like it all, and it certainly doesn’t mean we should start chasing every cultural trend there is (or scientific trend, even, if it doesn’t make sense)…I mostly just want people to challenge their assumptions.

      🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      November 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm

  12. Yes I agree that diversity not only brings understanding, but also richness and a better life. It’s just so sad that some people are very racist. But we can’t blame them either because some people do bad things that affect or hurt the whole race.

    Mylene Orillo

    November 15, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    • My hope is that we all live long enough to learn something positive in this life. But some folks definitely have further to go than others…good points, Mylene. 🙂

      Barb Caffrey

      November 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm


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