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Wellness Journalism: Diversify.

Posted Feb 12 2010 2:38pm
Culture: The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought.

Holy Cow.

This amounts to an incredible, and indispensable, mound of jewels. Admittedly, not everything that humans have come up with qualifies as shiny (to speak generally of that which has been responsible for restraint or destruction of life-force). According to my measurements, however, the good far outweighs the bad.

We must value diversity if we are to heal our world. There are societies that existed far more successfully, healthfully,and harmoniously than we currently do—we have much to learn—and much to share. Without contrast, we would not be self-aware; we depend on global culture in order to understand and appreciate our existence. Art and beauty are bursting forth from every corner of the earth. If we can utilize our creativity collectively, we will develop a strength never before imagined.

Like biodiversity, which is essential to the long-term survival of life on earth, cultural diversity is vital for the long-term survival of humanity.

In this expanding society, would we avoid or discount what we don’t understand, or would we recognize that the vast array of culture is responsible for the true wealth of the world? Would we build walls, or create bridges?

Anthony Robbins said, "To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others."

Thanks to diversity, we can be of interest to each other.

Celebrating diversity at UCSD!

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