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Published: Wednesday, July 3 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

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Utahgrandma
Salt Lake City, Utah

This article was very important to me. We have diversity within our family and I see the difference it has made in my children's lives. We have always tried to appreciate difference as a good thing. Our children have been raised doing varied service in the community and now I have a child who works in the non-profit world. As a member of the LDS faith in Salt Lake I think it is especially important for us to open our eyes to the cultural richness that is all around us even if we are "in a bubble". Great article.

coltakashi
Richland, WA

With a Japanese mother and a Swedish-American father, my family was its own whirlpool of diversity. But I think the thing we should be celebrating is our shared humanity and mutual respect and love on that basis. To value "diversity" rather than "people" means that we create some kind of a diversity scale, in which some people are "more diverse" than others and therefore valued less as members of a community or workplace or student body, so that the "less diverse" people are penalized. People are inherently diverse, and we should not value the diversity or variety of their qualities more than we value the people themselves. When we make a single characteristic such as assignment to one of two or three racial categories the determiner of admission to a university or hiring at a job, we are actually reducing the real diversity of the students, and disregarding the characteristics most important in their lives.

terra nova
Park City, UT

If diversity is such a good thing, why don't we stop doing missionary work?

Diversity is an over-rated, politically-correct, flavor-of-the-weak (pun intended). What we need is love for each other and that love (when it is real) will naturally help us to adopt best practices (i.e., the truth) and improve our lives. Our racial, philosophical and bio-genetic make-up will always make us different from each other... in much the same way each snowflake is different. In the end, we are all much the same than we are different.

Diversity should not be maintained for the sake of diversity. But it can be a way-point on the pathway to love.

cindyb
CASPER, WY

Sometimes diversity goes beyond neighborhoods and religions. Having a family member who is gay, is about as diverse as an LDS family can get. I have come to know many gay/lesbian people and like all other people, they can be very sincere and true and loyal family members and friends. I don't understand why some people have same sex attraction any more than I understand why some people are born with whatever causes them to be more susceptible to mental illness, or suffer from a chronic illness like MS or post polio. As others have said, "love is the answer". Loving the restored gospel, temple work, a living prophet, and loving others who have embraced a path I wish wasn't there. I am so thankful to know how much the Lord loved each of us and

GeoMan
SALEM, OR

The key here is that while it is important to respect diversity, it is essential that we have the social glue of common humanity, common values, commonality in general. The differences between us are interesting but having things in common is essential. The Gospel is not the only glue available, but it can be a very strong glue. It is also a glue that can accomplish great things.

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