The necessity of diversity

Published by Lori Pickert on December 4, 2008 at 02:58 PM

I am a possibilist. I believe that humanity is master of its own fate. … Before we can change direction, we have to question many of the assumptions underlying our current philosophy. Assumptions like bigger is better; you can’t stop progress; no speed is too fast; globalization is good. Then we have to replace them with some different assumptions: small is beautiful; roots and traditions are worth preserving; variety is the spice of life; the only work worth doing is meaningful work; biodiversity is the necessary pre-condition for human survival. — Robert Bateman, naturalist

If we acknowledge that biodiversity is necessary for human well-being, why do we educate by checklist?

What happens when we iron out the wrinkles of diversity, uniqueness, individual strengths and aptitudes in our children?

When we embrace a standardization of education, can we simultaneously promote the richness of variety in ourselves?

If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place. — Margaret Mead

Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else. — M.M.

6 comments

Comment by Kerry on December 5, 2008 at 02:18 AM

This is good...you find such amazing quotes! Also...thanks for having a little "amazon" store. I love having list of recommendations like that. I've also been using your list of gifts for young artists - great stuff!

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 5, 2008 at 02:29 AM

thank you, kerry! i like putting all my favorites in one, easily accessible spot. the amazon store is .. mesmerizing. i had another big section which i deleted by clicking the wrong thing -- argh! i’m going to keep putting things in there as i have time. :^)

i am a quote addict, btw. i still have the quote collection i kept when i was *nine*. i cut them out of readers’ digest and pasted them in steno notebooks. :^P

Comment by Miranda on December 5, 2008 at 01:27 PM

What a beautiful post! Your blog is quickly becoming one of my new favorites.

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 5, 2008 at 03:14 PM

thank you, miranda! :^)

i hope you can come hang out at some point tomorrow during open thread!

Comment by Tara on December 6, 2008 at 08:36 PM

"If we acknowledge that biodiversity is necessary for human well-being, why do we educate by checklist?"

Great question!! Very good post. :]

Comment by Lori Pickert on December 6, 2008 at 09:24 PM

thank you, tara :^)

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