On a recent flight from the west coast to east coast I became so overcome by the striking and stunning diversity of the landscape of the U.S. In a quick moment I also had a thought that the diversity across our states, from coast to coast, mountain ridge and dessert valley, farmland to flowing rivers, also reflects the extreme diversity of our beautiful people. But as far as culture is concerned, I think it's time for us to move away from a toleration of our diversity and differences to a celebration of the things that make each individual unique.
We are different from one another and not only is that ok—it is the very thing that has the potential to make us more understanding, compassionate and generous. To not notice our differences is also to miss the point. I want to see you and appreciate you and respect you, in all of your unique, diverse glory. (If you're interested, here's a great read on raising race-conscious children.) We are all—and together we all deserve to be empowered to live healthy, satisfying lives. Especially in this season of destructive political division and rhetoric, let us not forget that our politicians do not have the power to define our people and our nation and our future.
“The work of community, love, reconciliation, restoration is the work we cannot leave up to politicians. This is the work we are all called to do.” - Shane Claiborne