In life EVERYTHING is an AND. The world and nature includes everything under the sun.
In nature there are tall AND short pine trees.
Trees are old AND young. We humans do not judge a young tree better than a old tree. So WHY do we judge YOUNG humans BETTER than OLD humans?
Aren’t old humans AND young humans equally important to our world and our countries? Or is it that young people we judge look better than old people in our culture? Or have we bought into media images?
As people we are tall AND short, heavy AND thin, dark-skinned AND light-skinned, rich AND poor, and all of us logically and legally know we need to be valued equally. But we aren’t and we ALL know this, too! Often those automatic value judgment of good or bad come from our own biases, particularly if we don’t question them. They also come from a society that does not acknowledge the inequities that are a way of “doing business” in this country.
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, AND we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are EQUAL VALUE no matter what their color.” – Maya Angelou
All of us humans add something to each other’s lives, if I am open to recognize that. If I don’t let prejudging certain groups, faiths, and nationalities of people, and I don’t make assumptions, I can learn and connect with others. This requires me to notice my own biased thinking. When I do this, my life is richer and full of AND.
“Men (women) hate each other because they fear each other, and they fear each other because they don’t know each other, and they don’t know each other because they are often separated from each other.” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Helen Turnbull has traveled the world as a thought leader on Unconscious Bias in the field for Global Inclusion for more than 26 years. Her TED talk is on Youtube:
All life and the people in it will continue to be an AND for me, what do you choose?