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Diversity-Why we need it!

Old Glory. She has such a rich history in our nation. Today, the flag consists of 13 horizontal stripes, 7 red stripes alternating with 6 white stripes. As we know from history class, the stripes represent the original 13 colonies and the stars represent the 50 states of the Union.

What we might not know or remember from history class is why the flag is red, white, and blue. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well. Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.

These symbols represents traits that Americans possess. The ability to sustain hardship was vital in leaving England and starting a new life in New America. The determination in facing great danger was tested during the American Revolution and each succeeding war. The purity and innocence of citizens was displayed as they encountered experiences through the decades since the formation of our country.

Citizens have developed a watchful eye over various events in our history. The flag represents a steady persistence in a course of action despite difficulties and obstacles. The quality of equitableness is for all its citizens.

No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world-Robin Williams

One of my favorite entertainers, God rest his soul, couldn’t have said it any better. Our words and ideas can change the world for good or bad. The word ‘ideas’ in the quote is central to Old Glory and why we need diversity.

We need to embrace people with different viewpoints and not become haters and blast our discontent across social media channels or in direct involvement with people.

This relates back to the red stripe in the flag which talks about hardiness ( ability to deal with difficult situations). Part of dealing with difficult situations is being able to hear and be in discussions with others with different viewpoints. You can listen to their viewpoints and pick up ideas that maybe you haven’t thought of.

Old Glory also teaches us that as Americans we need to be vigilant in our perseverance to make changes in the world in a non-violent manner. We need diversity to remind us that everyone is fighting a different battle of our own if we only take the time to listen and not judge.

What are you doing to embrace diversity? Please leave a positive comment!

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