Of all the hundreds of trees and thousands of leaves I saw on my walk the other day, why did I stop and photograph this particular group?
It was difference which caught my eye. The striking pink of these leaves amongst the abundance of green ones stopped me in my tracks.
I love diversity. I find it beautiful.
Everywhere I look I see uniqueness. Every patient who walked through my consulting room door was different. Every one brought a brand new, unique story to tell me. And next time, when they would return, they, too would be different, because all of us change all of the time.
Mary Oliver begins her new collection of essays, “Upstream” with
One tree is like another tree, but not too much. One tulip is like another tulip, but not altogether. More or less like people – a general outline, then the stunning individual strokes.
Nature loves diversity. Mono-cultures are more vulnerable, less resilient. By making new connections between diverse, well-differentiated individuals, the processes of integration create novelty and stimulates growth.
So I hope this current wave of division and hatred of “the other” which we are witnessing in the world today will diminish.
I hope the current wave of homogenisation which characterises globalisation will be countered by millions of us reclaiming, not just our individual uniqueness, but the beauty and value which we find in diversity.
We need to find a better way to live together than the creation of binary divisions and calls to exclude, remove or eliminate “the other”.