|A very moving portrayal of the diversity element||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Ty Albright (tmalbrightverizon.net)|
|Date: Sun, 4 Dec 2016 08:34:35 -0800 (PST)|
Tiffany; Quick side note - visiting New Orleans (great city) and thinking you've been "to the South" is like visiting San Francisco (another great city) and thinking you've been to California. If the topic is "diversity" - I believe this has more to do with differences in thought and behavior - which is largely driven by culture - which is often a product of your geographic location. This includes differences from "Big City Folk" and "Country Folk" (two big generalizations for sure). For me - I desire to have neighbors who are kind, slow to anger, understanding and accepting of others, encourage others, and willing to help out others in need. I don't want to live with people who do not fit this description, so you can say I do not want diversity - but rather want to be with people like me. I also question how "divided" we are as a country. I think this may be an agenda driven myth. There are certainly all types of nut jobs everywhere, but they are the minority exception. I believe our 2 party political system has failed us, and a byproduct of this is the notion that much of our country views their affiliation with a particular political party in a similar way they affiliate themselves with their favorite sports team - and will "rah rah" and support "their team" no matter what - which creates problems when both major teams are bad. Americans love to "win" - it's part of our culture. I think most all Americans want the same thing - freedom, safety, prosperity, pursuit of happiness etc. - there is just disagreements about how to achieve these goals - and too much energy in trying to destroy the opposing team "pushem back, pushem back.. Wayyy back" - rah rah. In my mind the biggest "divide" we have in this country is based on differences in thought and behavior which is a byproduct of different "cultures" that result from different geographical locations which separate the experience of "Big City Folk" and "Country Folk". I think this is actually a big and complicated thing to fully understand but I think it has something to do with peoples connection to nature. Country Folk, in my mind, includes people groups who participate or live or are exposed to areas with small towns, agriculture, hunting and fishing. Their daily lives expose them to practical experiences that are more in harmony with the patterns of nature and the seasons, and their cultural behaviors are more aligned with practical things that work (not much need for "high fashion"). The typical center for forming community is focused around the local school (PTA / parent involvement) and church (which requires people to "come together" and meet). So I'm thinking Country Folk have less "diversity" because they all share similar experiences by virtue of their geographic location. Big City Folk in general are disconnected from nature and their only thought about agriculture is when the price of avocados double. City dwellers have the opportunity to be exposed to a greater variety of thoughts and ideas because big cities attract people from all geographic locations (the vast majority of small town graduating high school seniors high tail it to the big city for opportunity, as do foreign immigrants etc.). So maybe City Folks have more "diversity" because of the more different experiences different individuals are likely to have because of the geographic nature of cities (people from many locations, many cultures). Problems occur when people on one culture views people from a different culture and judges them to be bad (or ignorant, or backwards, or crazy) because of their differences (including differences in "diversity"). Not sure if this answered your questions or if it's just me rambling .. my 2 cents. Ty Ty Albright Project Management Little Red Hen LLC 214-336-7952 <mailto:tmalbright [at] verizon.net> tmalbright [at] verizon.net <http://www.linkedin.com/in/tmalbright> www.linkedin.com/in/tmalbright
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