Counselling and Psychotherapy Author, Consultant in Equalities and Diversity, Counselling and Self-Awareness Trainer
Equality and Diversity
I just want to say that it is a fact that human beings tend to favour and feel more comfortable with people who are similar to themselves - race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.
If we want to move from being
a multi-cultural society - lots of cultures all living side-by-side
an inter-cultural society - cultures mixing to enrich everyone
we have to learn to respect and value difference and override our prejudicial reactions to those from whom we are different.
Remember, where there is difference it is not simply the other person that is different. We are at the other end of the difference relationship. Our differences are as much a factor as the other person's. We need to reflect and own the differences we bring into relationship with those around us.
And we need to stop blaming - blaming others, judging them, making out our way is superior. Maybe it is sometimes, but maybe not. Be open to learning. Don't get caught up in thinking your sense of superiority gives you a right to be intolerant of others. No-one in this world is perfect. Nothing man-made is perfect, including man-made interpretations of religious belief and texts.
Surely it is also better to accept difference than tolerate (put up with)? Acceptance and humility seem to be qualities sadly lacking in so may societies these days across the world.
I don't say much but every now and then something occurs that I just have to comment on!