From the books we peruse to the people we meet, differences help broaden our knowledge.
Diversity shows us alternative ways of thinking and expression that enables us to better understand life. We formulate ideas and relate them to our experiences, and the more experiences we have, the more informed our decisions can be. We can avoid faulty arguments or beliefs given a diverse experience. For instance, when writing an essay, if you include many sources of evidence, both competing and concurring, then the stronger and more balanced the argument can be. Learning about the different cultures in the world and the differing environments helps us compare circumstances and make better decisions in how we live.
This is called the “Red Queen Hypothesis” by Leigh Van Valen in 1973, as described in this Indiana University article.
Down to the atoms of our body, all things are made up of the same things. It is just the arrangement of the atoms that results in these surface differences we see.
The mind is amazing at finding differences and labeling things. It is of course, in part, what has enabled our species to have evolved in such a way. However, the mind can also make diversity a problem.
There is a possibility of death according to the mind and thus, the mind thinks that the unknown cannot be trusted and must be eliminated if possible. This is what fuels violence. Our fear for our own survival.
However, in this modern civilization we live in, there are less and less reasons to settle differences violently. There should be no reason at all actually. As Noam Chomsky said, “You never need an argument against the use of violence, you need an argument for it.”
The more information the mind takes in about a certain topic, the more refined conclusions can be and the actions that follow. It is like a mathematical equation consisting of many unknown variables, and the more variables that are discovered, the closer one is at solving the puzzle.
The internal being is infinitely more important than what we see on the surface. The judgments we make on the outside are mainly constructed from the fear that the mind creates. Acknowledging this is an important step for living in peace with everything on this Earth.
So now, you can try to appreciate the difference in opinion, color of skin, topic of study, type of food, genre of music, etc, without fear because you know that it is all temporary and essentially not its appearance. Not everything will go your way in life, but you can face each new situation with your presence and learn to make the unfamiliar a friend. Everything is there for a reason. If you are awake, you can sense this and help it guide you to a path of love, or sense of oneness.
As Isaac Newton established in the Third Law of Motion, there is an equal and opposite force to every applied force. My article, “Everything is connected via atoms”, can help you realize this even more.
What an amazing realization! To be alive right now is your purpose. To breathe, to feel your inner energy, to know who you really are. Everything else is secondary, especially the thoughts created by your mind.
But once you have realized this, look outward and appreciate all that is. Love it as one. When there is love, all differences vanish and what is left is for you to experience now!
Please check out my article "Adversity Opens Doorways to Enlightenment", which reflects on my experiences of hardship.