365 Days in Aspen

The Beauty of Diversity

ramdassI love this quote and how it teaches us to appreciate diversity and learn to accept people as they are. 

treesMaybe too many people are separated from nature. Maybe that explains it. Or maybe they are victims of what I call "Social Darwinism." (I didn't coin that phrase; I just have my own interpretation of what I think it means, which is what happens when someone is feeling insecure, he or she feels the need to put someone else down in order to feel "superior").  

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I don't know. I do know that diversity makes nature more interesting. Wouldn't it be boring everyone was the same? If all the trees were "perfect?" As much as I love the Aspens here, if that's all there was, if each was identical, it would get old fast. 

Just like in music – we need low notes and high notes, major and minor, sharp and flat, black and white, melody and harmony to make music. A symphony isn't one instrument – it's a variety of sounds and rhythms, each using their unique talent and message to work together to deliver a unifying sound.  

And beyond that, these same instruments can make such a beautiful variety of sounds and genres, from soul to pop to jazz and everything else. 

As someone who has a passion for Innovation (one of these days I'm going to write my book, 50 Ways to Innovate, with over 50 different kinds of innovation), as well as being the inventor of the DrawSuccess Program, I also know how crucial it is to have diversity of thought. "Groupspeak," whether it's in friendships, business or the planet at large, limits creativity and innovation. Just as a closed mind prevents new thoughts.