English PeaceNews November 2017 Edition
Experiencing, after understanding diversity
If you ask me, “Is it difficult to understand the diversity?” The answer is certainly not. Anyone knows that there is no uniformity in this world. We understand that God created human being differently. Everyone almost agrees that diversity is a natural law. To comprehend it is actually not so difficult.
What is rather difficult is how to accept one or some opinions that differ from our’s. We also difficult to appreciate some opinion that contradicts with us. Never mind about religion and beliefs, accepting the opinion of a friend who thinks differently about the best football team in this world would be hard. It is not uncommon to argue emotionally to show that our hero soccer team is superior to other people’s teams, moreover arguing about the truth of religious teachings that we believe in. It must be very deplete of emotion and energy.
But discussing differences with high tension is not really a problem. The important thing is that the heart remains cool, and the friendship relationship is well preserved. Initially it may be difficult to control emotions. But if you get used to it and you have a good relationship with friends of different opinions or different religions and beliefs, your discussion will be more warm and respectful.
Talking about differences and understanding why we are different is very exciting. If we do it with passion it will add motivation to increase our diversity knowledge. One of the most appropriate ways to celebrate diversity is to directly interact, dialogue and make friends with different people. In October and this November, YIPC conducted a student interfaith peace camp in some cities (Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya, Medan and Bandung). In this event, all participants learn to understand, experience and celebrate diversity in an exciting way. According to them, this event was wonderfull. Trust them!
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