Can we be Different and Agree?

Many things make me a different sort of person.

By Raymond Viger 

And I am proud that I am different from others. I love my own uniqueness.

Our differences lead us to believe that consensus is impossible. That we can’t become a “somebody” by being like everyone else…

Being different is often seen as a problem. Out of fear of being misunderstood, of finding yourself alone and rejected, many prefer to jump back in line rather than expressing and embracing their own differences.

Why not love our own differences, and those of others? You have to assume that some people will always look down their noses at you, no matter what. 

Being unique also means being alone against the world, resembling nothing that ever came before.

What other people think about us shouldn’t be at all important.

“Democracy doesn’t consist in making sure that everyone is equal, but in making sure that everyone can be different while being treated equally.”

Shimon Peres, former Israeli Prime Minister.

First seen in: Reflet de Société, Vol. 25, no. 2, printemps (spring) 2017, page 4

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