When someone invited us to a pop concert it sounded like a good idea especially because it was on the lovely Scheveningen beach in The Hague. But we left in less than half an hour and all the way to the car we were lamenting why this heavy metal noise should not be called music.
Supposing I invited someone from the crowd that was there enjoying themselves to an Isicathamiya festival (the kind of music played by the Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Paul Simon’s friends) some would probably enjoy it but some would probably wonder why that is called music.
After years of presenting workshops and talks on the subject this thought crossed my mind for the first time today: ‘What if we are all identical?’ Now, that’s a scary thought.
Today for the first time I realized the implications of being identical. Every one of us would have to have all the qualities, abilities and strengths that are required to make the world to work because no one would complement us since we would have the same strengths and weaknesses. I think what we are most scared of is ideas that are different from ours. They say the fear of public speaking is greater than the fear of death – I think the fear of different ideas is greater that the fear of public speaking, death and retrenchment put together.
Now back to the scary thought… I don’t even want to imagine a world that is made up of me times 7 billion. There would be no medical doctors – we would all squirm idea of seeing blood, let alone stitching up someone. No forensic pathologists – we would all refuse to work with maggots and rotting bodies. No nurses – we would all have a problem sleeping during the day. No auditors – we would all hate repetitive step-by-step procedures. No conference organisers – we would all suck at logistics.
Am I grateful or am I grateful that the rest of the people that I share this corner of Milky Way with make up for my shortcomings. I hope you are now singing: ‘It takes every kind of people to make the world go round…’ and dancing around happily celebrating diversity.
Makheni Zonneveld co-presents Diversity Competency: Avoid people collision with Koen Zonneveld at Mindcamp 2013.