The Gladstone Dictionary defines diversity as a concept that “encompasses acceptance and respect.”
The tendency is to think of culture and ethnicity when speaking of diversity. It is so much more. Diversity moves along many continua: gender, ethnicity, sexual preference, religion … and ability and skill and the arts.
Diversity is also represented in the workforce, in team sports and social clubs. Wherever people congregate you find diversity. There is diversity in the way we communicate and conduct our interpersonal relationships.
When the Roman and Greek empires harnessed diversity by appropriating the cultural and intellectual achievements of their subject people, they understood the interplay of shared knowledge and communal intelligence. They tapped into the very things that tear us apart in the 21st century.
We may not have ‘subject people’ but we do have refugees and migrants who come to our country anticipating a fresh start. The social, cultural and intellectual capital they bring enrich us all when we are open to cross-pollination with other cultures.
This poignant Danish video says it all.
“>It celebrates diversity
This month I am participating in the A-Z Challenge to write posts with relevance to each letter of the alphabet. My theme is values. To find out more about the challenge go here.