The time, when diversity was a mere ideology, has long passed. In the modern era, diversity is a reality. People of all colors, faiths, and creeds are living side-by-side in societies all across the world—nowhere more so than here in the USA.
People who rail against diversity as an ideology are behind the times. They have not yet accepted the reality of what has happened. Some are trying to turn back the tide, but the tide will not turn. Diversity is here to stay.
The Only Question Is...
The only question we are faced with is whether or not we are going to make this new reality work for all of us. In some areas of the world, communities have adapted, but others are still struggling.
If people have been brought up to believe that diversity is an ideology, the resistance is understandable. They believe that they are preserving their way of life by railing against the changes. “Why can’t it be like it’s always been?” they ask.
Only when those people accept the truth that society is already diverse can we move onto the next stage and start working towards harmony. For some it may seem like an insurmountable obstacle but the reality of the situation is bound to catch up sooner or later.
It Takes Practice and Dedication
Let’s be honest. Creating harmony in a diverse society is not an easy task. It starts with ceasing hostilities and increased tolerance. When everyone does his or her part it can lead to cooperation and fellowship. Each is a step in the right direction.
A symphony orchestra provides a good example of harmony. Orchestral music materializes by bringing together an array of diverse instruments played by various individuals all of whom have, through practice and dedication, decided to create harmonious melodies together. For anyone not familiar with the process, it takes hard work.
You May Say I'm a Dreamer
Those who resist diversity are loud. Some of them are violent. When confronted with that kind of response, it is easy to feel discouraged. However, when I look around these days, I see a lot of new initiatives that are designed to facilitate civic dialogue and lead to increased harmony. That gives me hope. I know I’m a dreamer, dreaming of a peaceful harmonious world, but I am not the only one.
All I can say to those who have not yet accepted our new reality is, ACCEPT IT. You don’t have to like it, but at least accept it as a reality. Work from what is true, not what you wish was true.
Let's Work Together
To all those who have already embraced this new reality, let us work together to show the rest of the world that the spread of diversity is both unstoppable and can be quite harmonious. It’s not enough to sit back and wait for it to happen. We must work for it. We must reach out and create harmony through dedicated effort.
An untrained symphony orchestra sounds like a garbled cacophony of disparate reverberations. For it to sound harmonious, each musician must first play his or her instrument well. Only then can they work together to generate a harmonious melody. That is why each one of us—the people who are willing to make this a priority—must work just hard towards a harmonious society.
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