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Desmond Tutu’s Diversities

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The 1984 Nobel prize winner, Bishop Desmond Tutu (1), published on the 21. June 2011 in the Huffpost an article called Our Glorious Diversity, Why We Should Celebrate Difference (2).

It is difficult not to agree with Mr. Tutu and what he has written. He described the state of Diversity in a very elegant way. Our world, the whole universe is build on diversity. Let us start from the supposedly smallest parts of nature Atoms, which, as Physics tell us, are not anymore regarded as the smallest parts. There is a String theory and the M theory and what not. The next higher level would be the Molecules and the next higher, the microscopic level of existence. From there it reaches our level, which we can sensually experience. And from here we reach the stellar level with all it’s wonders. Modern physics is coming to the conviction that there is not just one universe but a Multi-verse. Where our universe is just one among many. That’s Diversity!

Each one of the levels of existence is a boundless diversity in itself. Boundless, because we do not know, what we don’t know. So the unknown must be taken into account in the Diversity. Like  one example of the wonders of diversity, of which I came across while writing this article, is described in National Geographic(3). The story is about a rodent in Eastern Africa. This species nibbles the bark of a certain tree and then smears the paste into their fur. This mash is toxic and thus protects the animal against enemies. This is the only example known to man, where a species seems to know how to use external poison to protect itself. The wonders of Diversity!

All different level of nature is,  itself, Diversity beyond human comprehension. How much more is it, when all levels are being added.

There is one area in live, where Diversity  not really welcome, in society. Here diversity is constantly under attack and the Uniformity is the goal. This trend to uniformity is, and always will be, a process, which is bound to fail. Any given situation is made up of many different and sometimes competing factors, everyone can agree to that. This state of transition is apparently frightening the public.

This is what Mr. Tutu has to say about it:

“That is the way of people in times especially of transition, of instability and insecurity, when there is turmoil and social upheaval, poverty and unemployment. Then people seek refuge in fundamentalisms of all kinds. They look for scapegoats, who are provided by those who are different in appearance, in behavior, in race and in thought.”

Exactly for this reason we, at Nesseq, demand Social Security for everyone. As soon as a person feels secure in society s/he will not be violent towards the other, the stranger. As soon as everyone will enjoy social security, everyone will also care for the ecological situation. This will also lead us, as a global population, to the Demographic-Economic Paradox (4), which states, that the more affluent people are the less children they have. This is one of the most important tasks in the near future, the soft reduction of the global population.

The seven billion people, who inhabit earth today, are already too many. Nine billion at the middle of the century will surly will be the turning point. More growth seems to be impossible after this point and it is clear, this  point will be reached at some point. Regulating world population is a matter of numbers. We have to become less!

The question is not, when will the Reduction happen, but rather how? Through laws and enforcement? Through catastrophe’s or by consensual understanding of the necessity?

A remark to the Diversity versus Uniformity, or rather the Monotony.

The fight for Uniformity in any given society, is bound to fail. Uniformity goes against Nature, against life and with every new generation new and unique problems arise. Which endanger Uniformity. Therefore the idea of the uniformity must be abandoned and be replaced by a diverse approach.

In a practical sense, it means that every neighborhood (the size of a medium village) has to become independent from the infrastructure. Thus a greater diversity is achieved. Not just in the infrastructure itself, but also in the daily life of the people. The neighborhoods in the cities have to be like self sufficient villages.  The City will be a cluster of independent neighborhoods. This will create more jobs in the neighborhood. The key is to make the alternative to the present infrastructure is to keep the investment down and to complete the task with Sweat Equity. It means, you pay with sweat and not with money. Whatever I can myself, I do not have to pay for. This will lead to a Social Diversity.

What Mr. Tutu failed to mentioned though was, that if human beings are disturbing natural diversity on earth the ecological ramifications could be disastrous for our very existence!


For further reading:

1. Desmond Tutu

2. Glorious Diversity

3. National Geographic

4. Demographic-Economic Paradox

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    somewhat exciting. Even so, I beg your pardon, but I can not subscribe to your whole theory, all be it radical none the less. It seems to everyone that your commentary are actually not totally validated and in fact you are generally yourself not really thoroughly convinced of the point. In any case I did take pleasure in reading through it.

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