“If there's any message, it is ultimately that it's okay to be different; that it's good to be different, that we should question ourselves before we pass judgment on someone who looks different, behaves different, talks different, is a different color.” ~Johnny Depp~
I saw this quote on FaceBook from Gypsy Dance's Hideaway and thought of just how important it is to view and accept differences in everyone…especially today, right now in our world.
Why does being different get you killed? Why does have a different faith from another person start war after war? Why does skin color matter?
A former colleague and a very wise woman/mother once told me she had a long talk with her children about differences. Her family is African American, but her story growing up is very much like mine and each of us have relatives in Montgomery, Alabama and had similar experiences as children in that city. Part of her discussion with her children about differences of course was skin color. She told them, if you really look at everyone, where their families are from and where they are now, we are all 'plaid' and everyone likes plaid. She told me that nearly 20 years ago and it is just as timely today as it was then.
If it weren't for differences new discoveries, inventions, cures, and changes would never happen. We all need to celebrate the differences around us and learn from them to make us better people and our world a better place to live.