Have you ever heard of biodiversity? It’s the variety of different types of life found on Earth. Biological diversity is a strong indicator of a healthy ecosystem and should be conserved and appreciated because of this. I think the concept of biodiversity is absolutely beautiful, because it shines a much needed light on the importance of diversity in general. But diversity isn’t just important in the natural ecosystem. I believe it’s equally vital in the social ecosystem, and I wanted to write about that because I feel like this is something that needs to be talked about more.
This is actually a wonderful time to be alive if you value diversity, because there is so much attention to human rights lately. Same sex marriage was recently legalized throughout Ireland, and shortly after that, in all fifty of the United States. Transgender people are coming into the public eye more and more, people are refusing to ignore racially motivated police brutality… the list grows. The point is, that now, perhaps more than ever, the range of people who our respect and acknowledgement is given to, is expanding rapidly, and hopefully, will continue to do so.
Originally, this post was going to touch on how underappreciated diversity often is and how much I want to see that change. But I want to focus on the positive today, so I’m going to take a little different approach to this subject and point out why diversity’s importance automatically makes you important.
Just by existing, you are contributing to society’s diversity because you are a unique person with unique talents, skills and perspectives to offer the world, and therefore you are important. Your gender, sexuality, race, genetic makeup, your upbringing, the environment and conditions you were born into, the experiences you have had, the people you’ve met, the things you have done, have all shaped your mind and thoughts in an entirely distinctive way and make you your own, individual person. That should be valued and appreciated every day, by the people around you, but also by yourself.
Whether you know it or not, you are beautiful and you matter because you are different. You have something significant to contribute and all you have to do is share yourself with the world. We need you and love you more than either us will ever know.