by B. Eugene Griessman, from Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities, Harper Collins College Press, 1993
I believe that diversity is a part of the natural order of things – as natural as the trillion shapes and shades of the flowers of spring or the leaves of autumn. I believe that diversity brings new solutions to an ever-changing environment, and that sameness is not only uninteresting, but limiting.
To deny diversity is to deny life – with all its richness and manifold opportunities. Thus, I affirm my citizenship in a world of diversity, and with it the responsibility to …
- Be tolerant. Live and let live, understanding that those who cause no harm should not be feared, ridiculed, or harmed – even if they are different.
- Look for the best in others.
- Be just in my dealing with poor and rich, weak and strong, and whenever possible, to defend the young, the old, the frail, and the defenseless.
- Avoid needless conflicts and diversions, but always be willing to change for the better that which can be changed.
- Seek knowledge in order to know what can be changed, as well as what cannot be changed.
- Forge alliances with others who love liberty and justice.
- Be kind, remembering how fragile the human spirit is.
- Be generous in thought, work and purse.
- Live the examined life, subjecting my motives and actions to the scrutiny of mind and heart so to rise above prejudice and hatred.
This article was submitted Mabel Schumacher, Ph.D., Retired WSPRA Executive Director, Fort Atkinson