Diversity is all about our differences, the characteristics that distinguish us from one another. The concept of the other grows out of our encounters with this diversity. You can’t have diversity without some concept of otherness. But we can have unity and cooperation that is nonetheless still characterized by diversity. Imagine the evolution of thought from our days as hunter-gatherers to the vast accumulation of knowledge and achievement that we possess today. This immense knowledge is the result of two things: human diversity and human cooperation. All human progress is because of diversity. No single individual or culture could think of everything necessary to build functional, thriving societies. Different people have unique experiences and ideas based on their circumstances. We therefore need cooperation in order to realize the potential of these diverse ideas. There would be no discovery without diversity, no scientific progress, no cultural and societal progress.
Embracing diversity also has enormous functional value toward furthering meaning-making and flourishing. Basic biology tells us diversity is good, necessary even, for a healthy ecosystem. Scientists estimate there are more than eight million plant and animal species on the planet. They have all evolved unique traits over generations that make them different from each other. Nonetheless, these diverse species live in single ecosystems, working together to survive. A recent study found that more variable species populations are less vulnerable to environmental degradation. The experiments indicate that the benefits of diversity are expressed more strongly when the going gets tough. In short, there is strength in diversity. Are humans any different? One thing that cuts across our diversity, however, is our shared capacity and inclination toward loving, learning, and playing. We believe the LLP mindset can be actualized by most anybody, no matter who you are, what religion you practice and what your circumstances are.
“Every one of us is, in the cosmic perspective, precious. If a human disagrees with you, let him live. In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.”
“Dehumanizing people debases us all; humanity is beautifully and almost infinitely diverse. The bonds of our common humanity must overcome the divisiveness of our fears and prejudices.”
"There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard."