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Your Voice: Why aren’t we the same?

Considering the value in integrating differences, it is critical to heed the call for respect, tolerance, forgiveness, sincerity, collaboration, and compassion.

Your Voice: Why aren’t we the same?

A hand has four fingers and a thumb. They are different in size, length, and location; however, they function very well, when doing a “task,” just because of one reason, they are different. Imagine that all your fingers were “similar” and let’s say that they were all thumbs! Would they be able to function well enough?


An adult has a set of 32 teeth that are different. Together, they function very well for the same reason; and that is only because they are different. The value comes out of integrating differences, not similarities.


In business, a meeting adds no value to a corporation if the participants have similar opinion(s) or share similar idea(s); these meetings will have greater value if participants have different opinions and or ideas.  


A family, tribe, a society, a nation, and humanity are composed of people who are different — different gender, colors, sizes, beliefs, tastes, skills, experiences, feelings, cultures, etc. They may all, however, share similar desires, wishes, and they all seek peace, security, harmony, success, understanding and fulfillment. 


Diversity needs to be embraced by the human society.


Considering the potential value and power of integrating differences, the human race has no better option but to integrate their differences. That might be why we aren’t the same. What is in this simplified concept is a loud call for respect, tolerance, forgiveness, sincerity, collaboration, and compassion.


“O Mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that you may know each other. Verily, the most honored of you in the sight of God is (he who is) the most righteous of you.” Quran 49: verse 13.


“If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell?” Corinthians 12:17.


Would you like it if we were all the same?


Your Voice reflects the thought and opinions of the writer, and not necessarily those of the publication.

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