“Diversity” . . . Really???

“Diversity?”. . . Really??

“If you love only those who love you, what merit is there in that? . . . If you greet your brothers and sisters only, what is so praiseworthy about that?” (See Matthew 5: 43-48)

I sometimes pride myself on being open to “diversity,” an oft used word today. Certainly as a gay man, I pride myself in being open to a variety of people and am big on acceptance! But if the truth be known, sometimes I live in the narrow parameters of my own ghetto, my own group. I am sad to say that sometimes I avoid those who disagree with me and I judge them in my heart. For example, I avoid close minded, right wing fundamentalist types. But if I cannot be open to these people, “what merit is there in that?” If I greet only my own, am I truly open to diversity?

Also, when it comes to the world stage, if I am only reading and watching things which agree with my world view, what merit is there in that? Should I not also listen to and read about what the opposing camp is saying? Perhaps the key is in the word “listen.” All too often, opposing camps simply express their own thoughts and opinions without listening to what the other side has to say. I am just as guilty as anyone else about that. So I have to ask myself today, how truly open to “diversity” am I?

2 responses to ““Diversity” . . . Really???

  • gaytodecember

    It is a frustrating conundrum isn’t it? How does one battle intolerance without seeming intolerant them selves?

  • Fellow Gardner

    I too, like to consider myself to be open to diversity; and mount my soapbox quite offen in its defense. Now going into this fall’s election, I have already found myself turning off both candidates not wanting to listen, because I disagree, don’t trust…. I have a friend who often tells me to look in the mirror. So I will try during this election to dismount my soapbox and listen.

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