|Benefits of Diversity

A few weeks ago I wrote about the need for unity in diversity (as opposed to unity in uniformity). Two recent articles have spoken to some of these same issues (kind of), and I think they are worth highlighting.

Diversity makes us more creative, smarter people (Vartan, MNN, 29 Sept 2014)

As Philips concludes her presentation of the science behind the benefits of diversity, “This is how diversity works: by promoting hard work and creativity; by encouraging the consideration of alternatives even before any interpersonal interaction takes place.” The short of it is that diversity — of any and all kinds — makes us less lazy thinkers. And that’s a boon no matter what kind of work you’re doing.

Why You Need More Muslim Friends (Huckins, Relevant, 1 Oct 2014)

Over the years, I have discovered that the only way to love and be loved by my neighbors (locally and globally) is to be in relationship. The reason I used to be scared of Muslims was simply because I didn’t know any. I had never heard their stories. I had never been to their sacred places. I didn’t understand their traditions. I hadn’t even shared a meal with them.

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