You might not agree with someone’s religious preferences, political views, or sexual orientation, but it is important to accept those people as human beings and respect and accept their decisions, as long as they are not hurting anyone. SAMIRA ZAMMIT, a representative within the university -based media organisation, The Third Eye, speaks about how being more accepting of others by ditching the conservative opposing mentality and allowing the vibrant diversification to grow, enables us to be more positive, happy and successful .
Have you ever found yourself urging for a sense of belonging? Perhaps you’ve wanted to fit in so badly that you’ve asked yourself what made you so inferior to others? For you, that feeling may last just a couple of minutes, but for others, it may become an inevitable part of the life they lead. We speak of diversity and inclusion as core values for international unity and cooperation, while refusing to acknowledge that we are falling short of the mark through our actions.
Diversity is commonly defined as the range of varying perspectives, experiences, and interests. In other words, it encompasses the valuation of differences. We ought to celebrate such distinctions as we are all equal in the eyes of the law, irrelevant of age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation. Nevertheless, the inclusion element is fundamental in the presence of diversity. It wouldn’t make much sense having a multiplicity of opinions, unless there is social agreement and acceptance.
It goes without saying that acceptance is not as easy as it may sound. It is natural that one disagrees with opposing views, as it is also true that no man is an island. The joy brought about by acceptance is simply an innate aspiration. Countless; there’s no other word which better describes how many moments of anxiety I had to experience until I felt that someone actually made me feel welcome. Be it handling an interview, surviving the first day of university, travelling to an unknown country,or bearing the good old reunions – the list is endless.
Being exposed to numerous adverts and posts on social media portraying the ‘ideal’ lifestyle and promoting what might be viewed as ‘the best ways of living’, we may fall into the trap of adopting a misconception. That is, we are expected to abide by the fixed standard. This is what constantly prompts us to assume that we are not good enough. I oppose to this dictation of uniformity and standardisation, as I ardently believe in the power of diversification. How astonishing would living in a colourful world be, rather than a monochromatic one?
A myriad of studies has led many writers to envisage the importance of belonging to a group; one of them being Nathan DeWall, a psychologist from the University of Kentucky. DeWall dates the concept of inclusion back to our forefathers and admits that this assisted them in enduring barbarous environments. They provided security and protection to each other in the same way that we seek such factors when blending into a social group.
One of the rival elements we are constantly battling is rejection. It doesn’t exclusively concern romantic relationships, but reaches the family circle and friendships, as well as new-born connections with strangers. Exclusion may lead to destructive mental health issues, and further affect society at large. Hence, we are persistently bombarded by the various manners one may opt for, in terms of seeking outside help. I strongly agree that we should all bear in mind how to cope when facing the situation at stake.
Let us ditch the conservative opposing mentality and allow the vibrant diversification to grow. Let us nurture and cultivate diversity and strive for peace, unity and love. Let us empower dignity and equality. Let us improve our environment and shape a better world for us to enjoy, and for generations to come. I guarantee that you’d be fascinated by how much you could learn simply by exposing yourself to different people, opinions, languages, and cultures. Every little bit helps; make yours count.
SAMIRA ZAMMIT- The Third Eye
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