I Believe…

that diversity is a part of the natural order of things—as natural as the trillion shapes and shades of the flowers of spring or the leaves of autumn. I believe that diversity brings new solutions to an ever-changing environment, and that sameness is not only uninteresting but limiting. To deny diversity is to deny life—with all its richness and manifold opportunities. Thus, I affirm my citizenship in a world of diversity, and with it the responsibility to….


Be tolerant. Live and let live. Understand that those who cause no harm should not be feared, ridiculed, or harmed—even if they are different.

• Look for the best in others.

• Be just in my dealings with poor and rich, weak and strong, and whenever possible to defend the young, the old, the frail, the defenseless.

• Avoid needless conflicts and diversions, but be always willing to change for the better that which can be changed.

• Seek knowledge in order to know what can be changed, as well as what cannot be changed. • Forge alliances with others who love liberty and justice.

• Be kind, remembering how fragile the human spirit is.

• Live the examined life, subjecting my motives and actions to the scrutiny of mind and heart so to rise above prejudice and hatred.

• Care. Be generous in thought, word, and purse.

If we could shrink the Earth's population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all existing human ratios remaining the same, it would look like this: 

There would be 57 Asians, 21 Europeans, 14 from the Western Hemisphere, and 8 Africans; 70 would be non-white, 30 white; 70 would be nonChristian, 30 Christian; 50 percent of the entire world wealth would be in the hands of only 6 people, all would be citizens of the U.S. 50 would suffer from malnutrition Only one would have a college education 70 would be unable to read  80 would live in sub-standard housing 10 would be gay Now do you see the need for tolerance and understanding? (Source: A Summary of the World, World Teach-Ecuador)

Every single person, drawing breath on this planet right now makes a difference. While society makes much of the superstar who touches thousands for a brief moment, many people our lives touch one person who in turn touch one person. This section of Culture Cafe seeks to celebrate and honor all of the big names in our lives, be they celebrities, political, scientific figures, or the person next door. Pay tribute to someone you know that makes a difference, next issue by contacting us at NonStatQuo. In the meantime.