Diversity As A Common And Ordinary Individual

996 WordsOct 12, 20164 Pages
Everyone is told at some point in their life that it is okay to be different, and should not be ashamed of who they are. They are told that being unique should be encouraged and that they should not hide from it. For this reason, diversity is exceptional. But what happens when excessive diversity divides citizens, causing contentions? Who then can decide what diversity is and whether it is convenient, especially after it may have caused a war? Entirely for this instance, diversity only matters to an extent. It is fair enough to be different, but over-emphasizing diversity can divide communities, citizens, and students rather than unify them. There should be a balance between diversity and uniformity, and one should not overpower another. In essence, a common and ordinary individual should have the freedom to decide what diversity is and whether he or she wishes to exercise it or not. Children, teens, and adults are constantly being told that diversity should be promoted, usually by teachers, leaders, parents, and other acquaintances. Especially in the 21st century where being different is progressively becoming acceptable, it seems as if people expect, or pressure them to differentiate themselves among others. “Be different, because everyone hates the same, boring person,” has become a threatening phrase to those who only want to be themselves, but can’t because they fear of being that “same, boring person.” Instead of convincing others to be different and unique, it would
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