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Diversity is essential.

A world that all looks the same is not a world I want to live in.

If you live in a world where everyone looks like you, talks like you and believes like you, I’m going to say you are in a weakened position. In nature, every ecosystem requires different plants, animals, and organisms to grow and flourish. When it comes to surviving and thriving, the earth and its creatures need diversity.

If diversity is a necessary part of nature, then it only makes sense that we humans need diversity in our communities. Diversity inspires cultural growth and makes society richer. When a community has people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and skills, each person contributes their unique story and gifts to make a greater whole.

Here are six different thoughts on how diversity is good for us.

Diversity is beautiful.

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” Maya Angelou

Diversity gives us strength.

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” Stephen R. Covey

Diversity makes life interesting.

“Just imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. My idea of a perfect world is one in which we really appreciated each other’s differences: Short, tall; Democrat, Republican; black, white; gay, straight–a world in which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same.” Barbra Streisand

Diversity propels us forward.

“Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.” Justin Trudeau

Diversity inspires unity.

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” Jacqueline Woodson

Diversity brings understanding.

“Knowing brings understanding and removes unreasoned prejudice.” Pat Browne

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