• Aya

How "diversity" is challenging for you?

Updated: Sep 17, 2021

It is a very challenging topic for me and I don't know if it is a good idea to post this. But I have been thinking about this for a while and I believe there are some people who are in the similar situation as I am.


So, here we go!


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In general, I believe many people agree that it is important to respect differences.


Different colors of the skin

Different religions

Different cultural backgrounds

Different values

Different priorities

Different life styles

Etc…


But what does it mean when you say “respect”?


If you find out that your friend has a different opinion from yours, how can you show your respect?


In many cases, it is difficult to say what is right/wrong, what is the best, or what is the truth. In those situations, bringing up the topic is not always the respectful way, I feel. But pretending that we don’t recognize/notice the difference is not respectful way either.


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Some people would like to have a deep discussion about the difference and it sounds ideal. However, imagine a situation where there is a choice between A and B. Suppose you choose A and someone else chooses B. You know you want A and he/she wants B. You can choose A and he/she can choose B. Why do you need to discuss your choice?


Others think it’s your choice to choose A and don’t want to be bothered. And the person who chooses B might think the same way as well. But what if choosing A indirectly affects the other person and vise versa? You might frustrated there are some people who choose B. Because you feel choosing A is the right thing. It can be frustrating to see others choosing B, and you may want to say something about it. And that’s normal.


Also, the options might not be only A or B. It could be C and D. Or “none” could be an option.


How can you respect diversity?

I really don’t know what is the best way.


What do you think?


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