Sylvia Wohlfarth, a social anthropologist, English teacher, and more discusses diversity while drawing parallels from nature.

{Originally self published on medium.com}

02/09/2020

Joy is innate in us mortals. Unless, sadly, for some, somehow, at some time, it has been cruelly suppressed.

Think of the joyful symbiosis between a baby’s smiles and giggles, and us. Are we not touched, irrespective of the colour of the child’s skin? Is it not the smile which communicates joy to us? And don’t we usually smile back? And feel all the happier for it?

Much has been written about joy among the poor, something I experienced myself as a child growing up in Nigeria and on my travels later in India and Ethiopia. The poorest of the poor willing to — in fact, insisting they — share the little they have. Eating, drinking and laughing together as a shared levelling moment.

I have learned never to turn down the humble offerings of the poor.

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Photo by Bill Wegener on Unsplash

And what about the joy of diversity? Does not beauty and nature’s colours feed our senses and fill us with pleasure? As does the variety of music and all its instruments.

All those hues and shades of colour in our flowers, plants, leaves, weeds, animals, clouds, water in all its forms. Is there any organism in our ecology which does not show diversity or is the sole representative of its species?

As divine creatures, we mirror the diversity of beauty and colour surrounding us. How precious we are. We are one with nature. We are dark and light and all the colours in between.

The world is not simply black and white. So much mindful beauty is lost by thinking this way.

How aptly the Irish poet William Butler Yeats describes the variety in the colour of the heavens in his poem, 'Aedh Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven'

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light…

What shade of nature’s colourful diversity am I? The half-light, the dim in-between. And I am proud of who I am.

And you?

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Image by Theo_Q from Pixabay

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