Nice to see the influence of the LDS Church demission some....
This is an important article. It gives life to a trend that some of us have
been watching for a long time. One of the reasons Utah is in such a good state
financially is because we are still in growth mode. We are still making
babies. Many other areas around the country are not. Consider Maine. Average
age 46. Average fertility? Not high. Our youth are our future.
Consider trends in business and innovation. Young people tend to
innovate and create more than older folks do. Perhaps it is necessity (the
mother of invention), perhaps it is the effect of new eyes on old problems.
They solve problems and make life better. Thus the youngest state in the
nation, Utah, is also one of the places most likely to be a locus of new ideas
and business formation. These blessings (and so many others) are a
legacy of those who follow and heed prophetic counsel to have children and raise
them in a loving and good way.
So much more DN might do to shed light on the implications of all this
'diversity.' Can we get more reporting on these minority populations,
their challenges living in UT, their challenges being separated from their
homelands, their customs, religious beliefs, how their elderly cope and are
cared for, how their children navigate local schools, how their college-age
young adults navigate higher ed in the state, how they bury and remember their
dead, how they identify partners and marry, how they form connections with other
populations in the state. The article, with its focus on age differences--an
important topic--suffers from the kind of monocultural thinking that prevents us
from preparing for that future that these numbers forecast. Maybe DN could hire
someone to make this kind of reporting a regular feature of the news, maybe go
into these communities and identify journalists, or other good writers who could
contribute reporting. It would take some work. But it would make for some great
Here's a shock. Each individual is different in the way they think, act,
solve, work with people etc. So each person is "diverse" and contributes
in their own way.Now if you want to look at race specifically, then
just state the race or gender instead of calling it "diversity".
Calling a group of people "diverse" is just redundant from the fact that
everyone is "diverse".