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Embrace Diversity
Victoria, Age 15, Salt Lake City, UT

“All this talk about equality. The only thing people really have in common is that they’re all going to die.” –Bob Dylan.

Dylan left college to follow his dream of becoming a singer. Later in his career, Dylan was involved in a near-fatal motorcycle accident—changing the course of his music. Soon after, Dylan divorced —this situation inspired a whole new chapter in Dylan’s music. By 1989, Dylan was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and had become famous. Dylan didn’t have a horrible life, but he didn’t have a perfect one either—no one does. We all have our own things going on in our lives that others may or may not know about. The hard truth is, we get judged all the time. Everyone is different in one way or another, but we all deserve the same treatment.

The list of differences among humans is endless. This is an important reason why one can’t judge another based on his or her appearance. No matter what we all look like, there is always going to be a hint of judgment coming from an outsider—it’s a natural human instinct. Some of the most common differences among humans are eye color, eye vision, hair color, height, gender, weight, race, religion, national origin, age, and sexual orientation. Instead of looking down upon each other for our differences, we should embrace them.

Many are quick to judge others before knowing any of their background. No one can tell what one’s situation at home is like just by looking at him or her upon a first introduction. Be sure to keep an open mind while meeting new people.

The world would be so uninteresting if there weren’t any differences. We need diversity. “Diversity is about empowering people…diversity is understanding, valuing, and using the differences in every person” (http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse.html). Every individual is different, physically and mentally. We, as a society, need to accept these differences and utilize them to the best of our abilities.

Embrace change, don’t hide it.

Ever since our history has been recorded, there have been issues with minorities and those who “stand out.” Anyone who is the least bit different or out of place is a target to be treated differently. The people who target others tend to lack special, unique qualities and are driven out of jealousy and envy to lower another’s self-esteem, therefore raising their own. This kind of targeting happens on all types of levels. It starts at adolescence and progresses throughout adulthood.

Judging is the act of forming ideas about something. Judgments are based on evidence or consequences that are observable by our five senses. However, what is observed isn’t always what is there. We sense what our brain is telling us to sense and many times our interpretations may be filtered by expectations and past experiences. Judgments are made because it’s an automatic instinct. We are naturally prejudiced and biased.

Our bias and prejudice are deeply rooted within us. From the moment we are born, we learn about ourselves, our environment, and the world. Families, friends, peers, books, teachers, idols, and others influence us on what is right and what is wrong. These early learnings are deeply rooted within us and shape how we view things and how we respond to them…Our biases serve as filtering lenses that allow us to make sense of new information and experiences based on what we already know. Many of our biases are good as they allow us to assume that something is true without proof....But, if we allow our bias to shade our perceptions of what people are capable of, then the bias is harmful (http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse.html).

The different kinds of judgment are necessary judgment, contingent judgment, and belief. Necessary judgment can’t be contradicted while contingent judgment can be contradicted. When we refer to bias and prejudice, belief is used. Belief is based on what experienced people tell us or on events that aren’t easily proved. Good judgments require ability, experience, training, and wisdom, while poor judgments result from faulty reasoning, lack of facts, or prejudices.

The unique qualities in each individual create opportunities for the United States of America. We can take advantage of our country’s diversity instead of hiding those who are unique. We all have differences, yet we immediately form opinions about one another based on appearance without understanding the person for who he or she is. We don’t all have to get along but we should all be treated equally. No matter what we look like or who we are, we all undergo similar challenges and experience alike sensations. It is necessary to treat one another the way we want to be treated.

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