Diversity Among People Essay
"Each person's map of the world is as unique as the person's thumbprint. There are no two people alike. No two people who understand the same sentence the same way . . . So in dealing with people, you try not to fit them to your concept of what they should be." (Milton Erickson)
We are all distinguished and united by differences and similarities according to our gender, culture, language, age, race, our sexual identity, and in many cases income level. There are these diversity qualities that challenge our intellect and emotions as we learn to work and live together in harmony. Diversity is not just about gender, skin color, ethnic background, religion, speaking different languages, or belonging to a …show more content…
.Like one of my English teachers used to tell me, when we come face to face with a difference that challenges our beliefs or values, we have a choice about how we respond to it:
"Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself and yourself alone one question. This question is one that only a very old man asks. My benefactor told me about it once when I was young and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it. Now I do understand it. I will tell you what it is: Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good. If it doesn't it is of no use." (Carlos Castaneda-Study of Don Juan Matus).
A problem which still remains is that we often have problems relating to people because we assume things about them based on the way they look, speak, or act. We need to learn from others and check our reactions to what we hear, see, and feel and never make assumptions about others. We need to find the courage to ask questions and to express what we really want, like in Tan's essay her mom would do. Even though she spoke a "Broken English" it didn't matter because she was at least making