Reblogging these beautiful “Awesome Stories” from Brad at “Writing to Freedom.” Elif Shafak talks about the beauty of diversity so disliked by demagogues. She states, “One should never, ever remain silent for fear of complexity.” The story about replacing pesticides with flowers brings hope, and the hummingbird revelations are utterly amazing.
This week Awesome Stories brings you diversity, flower power, and hummingbird magic.
The Power of Diversity
Intolerance of ambiguity is the sign of an authoritarian personality. ~ Adorna
Elif Shafak explores the power of diverse thought in her TED Talk. I love how she starts her talk with the question “Can you taste words?” The taste of words can be sweet, sour, bitter, poignant, and more. Writers and poets strive to convey emotion in their words. The point is that language and ideas are very diverse, yet far too many political and social conversations today are focused on binary options like right or left, Republican or Democrat, the US or Russia. What we need are conversations and analysis that are big enough to include a multiplicity of ideas, and may even seem to contradict each other. Just like with race, white or black is a false dichotomy. Let’s open our minds and…
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