Canada, and Vancouver in particular, celebrate cultural and individual diversity. Those values are another reason that I am grateful that I live where I do. Just on this block alone are people from nearly every corner of the Earth.
We all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same. ~ Anne Frank
We are all the same but each of us are unique; different. What a boring world it would be if everything were uniform; we all looked the same; liked the same music; spoke the same language; dressed the same; loved the same.
What is diversity?
This is the best definition of diversity I found:
The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect.
It means understanding that each individual is unique,
and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along
the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs,
political beliefs, or other ideologies. It is the exploration
of these differences in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment.
It is about understanding each other and moving beyond
simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the
rich dimensions of diversity contained within each individual.
We have a lot to teach each other and a lot to learn.
I love learning about other cultures. I like to travel and eat what they eat, sleep where they sleep, walk where they walk. Sometimes physical travel isn’t possible for a variety of reasons, but we have other ways we can enjoy diversity without leaving the country.
To celebrate diversity right here in Greater Vancouver we can:
- Jaunt down to Chinatown for some Pork Buns
- Attend the Vancouver Jewish Film Festival (just passed)
- Go to Little India to buy some fabric.
- Drive out to the Museum of Anthropology at UBC
- Head out to the Daiso on the Canada Line
- Watch to the antics at the Gay Pride Parade
In fact there’s an entire website dedicated to diversity in Vancouver. Check it out: diversityvancouver.ca
What better way to safely dip our toe into the pool of global diversity than by using the internet. We can have a look at the world outside our little protected cocoons; too see that there’s many diverse folks all over the planet thinking a variety of different things in and expressing them in so many interesting ways. I love it.
I hope every day is another day that I can embrace diversity!