A rich tapestry February 21 2016

I have been thinking a lot about diversity, intolerance, acceptance, fear and joy. In Canada, we are fortunate people to share space with a myriad of different ethnicities, ideas, religions, languages and so on. However different we may be, one from the other, as human beings living on the same planet, we are also the same. 

In the following quotes Maya Angelou expresses what I’m feeling.

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.” 

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” 

“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” 

"We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

I believe that if we remove any of the threads in our tapestry of diversity, it will become weaker and lose its spendour. There is strength in our sameness AND in our difference.

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