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Accepting those different - Real diversity

Hi there,

How are you going this week?

Next week I'll have a short story in audio form for you but this week, I'd like to mention diversity, acceptance and tolerance. Many people talk about these things. And then, for example, will happily demonise all people of an opposing political persuasion. Or those with different belief systems. Atheists will condemn Christians and vice versa. People really aren't so tolerant after all.

This was written in January '21.



Speared well and true

By the sharp affront

To your ideological foundations.


How a single comment

Can threaten the belief system

You've built over time

In part, on your experiences

(More likely your upbringing)

And your chosen influences.


How many

In a lifetime

Beyond the impressionable years

Actually change sides?


Could you swing to a fresh allegiance

After years of treading

The comfortable path?


I suspect very few do

One usually reinforces

Not drifts.


How interesting would it be

To learn more about those people?

And why they make shifts

Others never even consider.


People like that,

Give the colour and texture

To the fabric.


13.1.21  7.30 pm

(Final days of Trump leadership)

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This is not an analysis of Trump or his supporters in his final days. More an inspiration to assess those on the 'other' side. The other side of us, no matter which way we swing. 

Diversity isn't superficial things like skin colour and gender. What about difference of opinion? Different age groups. (There's some genuine diversity right there). Different classes. Not fulfill some company pie chart. 

We are influenced by media reports. Additionally, it's the extremists who oft provide the lasting impressions. It takes a wider consideration to understand others, and where they may be coming from. True tolerance. I suspect few have it. 

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Next week,

An audio story (in video form as well).

If you're in Lockdown, like we are here, in our 11th week, hang in there. 
We're all going a bit crazy now. 

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