Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage.

~ Anais Nin ~

Meant To Mix Together

December 8th, 2012 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 43 secs

Having a better mix gives us much more choice.

It’s better that we mix together. Even when we rub each other up the wrong way, there are still benefits to be had through experiencing difference.

I grew up during the post war baby boom of the ‘60s, back when the white Australia policy was giving way to discovering the wealth of a much more diverse population mix. Finding the pleasure of new foods, traditions, and outlooks was exciting, and people’s imagination began expanding.

That’s the advantage of sharing with a wider mix of people. You learn more and learn to assume less. Despite the apparent comfort of sticking together with people “just like us”, it’s slightly stuffy and very limiting.

Throughout history, whenever cultures have come together in peace, there has been a tremendous upwelling. New ideas, fresh fusions, and an intriguing mix of excitement and, of course, confusion have been produced.

After all, getting together isn’t always smooth sailing, is it? People misunderstand things, which inevitably generates fear. When that happens, an otherwise positive mix of cultures can become a flashpoint for aggression and defensiveness. Then, people need to work out better ways of combining their strengths, or else succumb to the worst in human behavior.

Notably though, it’s not the mix of cultures at the heart of these troubles, but the way people misinterpret the meaning of what others do. Ignorance is the cause, not difference.

You can see that clearly in communities where people with all sorts of distinctions happily coexist together. So, when people allow and even celebrate a diverse mix of traditions in their neighborhood, it can be brilliant.

People who believe in segregation, on the other hand, take what they call a “purist” view. They believe it’s better that way. But is it? Perhaps, if we factor in the familiarity of knowing what to expect of others. That’s certainly a kind of convenience.  But that’s about it. Even then, once communities are used to more diversity they can do the same too.

This morning I read that scientists studying human DNA have found that we all have around 400 faulty gene codes in our makeup. Often they’re hidden, only to appear in future combinations of heredity. It’s a kind of reminder that nobody is “pure” anything. We are all different from our DNA up and, for so many pleasing reasons, that’s a very good thing.

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