Friday, November 7, 2008


Diversity of cultures is important, but even more important is the recognition and celebration of the fact that each one of us is different. Individuality and differences between people is often irritating, but a society that honors individuality and gives us each the liberty to pursue our own path is not only complex and diverse, but truly fascinating.

I'm not talking about the Republican/Libertarian 'Rugged Individualism' here. Ugh. I dealt with that in my July 4th post on 'Interdependence'. I'm talking about a connected individuality, that celebrates our uniqueness while acknowledging the importance of others and our need for others.

Who wants everybody to be identical? A faceless mob is not community. I want a society where we each get to be ourselves and our unique contributions are what makes it stronger.

Quote of the day: "Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." - Mignon McLaughlin
Word (or phrase) of the day: Fecundism
Hero(es) of the day: Susie King Taylor

No comments: