Diversity is normally identified as having many types, groups, forms or ideas. That’s what we’re taught in school and is only established as we grow older. It’s drilled into our heads that it’s okay to be different, that it’s great if you’re unique. But many of us either haven’t understood this idea, or even heard about it.

That’s all right, too.Had we not had different ideas about diversity, we wouldn’t be very different. Diversity can be a belief, or a way of life. It can also be something we’ve heard of and acknowledged or just something that our peers know of.

If we all believed in the idea that diversity was important, then we would all be accepting of people. When we hear about that idea, it sounds amazing. But think about it this way: if we were all accepting of every little thing that the people around us said and did, none of us would get better at anything.

What motivates people to get better, is people telling them that they’re wrong, that they aren’t good enough. While it’s nice to have people praise you, if people told us that everything was good, nothing would be great. Nothing would be exceptional and nothing would be fantastic. We wouldn’t even have presidential elections, since people were so accepting  of other people’s ideas!

I have come to terms with a lot of things, because, when all is said and done, there really is very little one can do about a lot of things. You just have to accept them. The point is you just have to keep on working and you just have to keep on living.

-Jim Dine

What makes us different is our beliefs, and that counts for our beliefs about diversity as well. Without any problems in accepting society, or culture, we’d be stuck in the same place, none of us moving forward or backward.

What’s important is diversity in diversity.

-T. G.

This was written in response to the Daily Prompt.