As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. today, let us all think about the value of diversity in this nation. Diversity is much more than skin color, race or sex, even if those factors make up the unique people we are. But it's diversity of thought that is truly important. Each person has their own ideas and beliefs. We each have the ability to make our own decisions and act as we see fit. In the end we each have our own opinion on how to do things the right way.
This diversity of thought can sometimes cause problems - especially when two people don't see eye-to-eye. But that's the beauty of diversity, we all don't have to agree. We only have to agree to disagree. We have to understand that everyone has their own values and opinions and that they should all be respected.
One of the most detrimental habits we have as people is the tendency to "group think" - we don't follow our own beliefs because it doesn't follow that of the greater group. It takes a strong person to stand up and disagree, especially when it's not the "accepted" thing to do. But by voicing your opinion, and doing what you believe, you're celebrating diversity.
Take a minute today to appreciate the true value of diversity. I hope one day everyone across the world will truly believe Martin Luther King, Jr.'s dream that, "all men are created equal."