Quotations on Diversity–Needed Now More Than Ever

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“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”

                                                            Henry David Thoreau

 

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“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

                                                             Mahatma Gandhi

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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

                                                            Maya Angelou

Quotations on Diversity–Revisited

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Henry_David_Thoreau

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“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”

                                                            Henry David Thoreau

 

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“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

                                                             Mahatma Gandhi

Maya_Angelou_speech_for_Barack_Obama_campaign_2008

(https://commons.wikimedia.org)

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

                                                            Maya Angelou

Quotations on Diversity

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Henry_David_Thoreau

(https://en.wikipedia.org)

 

“It is never too late to give up your prejudices”

                                                            Henry David Thoreau

 

ghandi-1267827_960_720

(https://pixabay.com)

“Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilisation.”

                                                             Mahatma Gandhi

Maya_Angelou_speech_for_Barack_Obama_campaign_2008

(https://commons.wikimedia.org)

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

                                                            Maya Angelou

 

Best TV Shows of the 1950s and 1960s: Part V, The Addams Family

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For my next installment in this series, I will talk about a show that I find fascinating on many levels: The Addams Family. Seemingly a sit-com about a group of misfits, based loosely on figures from horror films, whose adventures are fodder for laughter, it was actually a demonstration of a completely loving and functional family.

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This unusual family, given to behavior that was not indicative of the so-called normal American clan, has had numerous incarnations since the late 1930s. Created by cartoonist Charles Addams, this family first was seen in The New Yorker and continued appearing there for several decades. Then, from 1964-1966, the family was featured in the sit-com on Television, complete with the catchy finger-snapping tune that so many people know. Several feature movies and a musical followed, so the characters continue on in new variations to this day.

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As a child, I loved the silliness of the show as well as the Gothic atmosphere. I loved the classic horror films of the 1930s and 1940s (which will become a later blog series I will write), and this show was evocative of those movies.

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Today, I see a series with a far deeper meaning that what I perceived when I was very young. This family is not one of which people should be frightened. Rather, they could be held as an exemplar of a loving and in love couple, who after many years of marriage, still carry great chemistry in their relationship. They love their children and their extended family.

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Additionally, this show interrogates the need that America seems to have for normalcy. We are taught that everyone should behave according to set standards, or we are somehow wrong. Certainly the members of the Addams clan do not abide by such behavioral proscriptions. They are able to define their own lives and live decently without harming other people. But they are different from others.

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This point clearly speaks to the issue of bigotry and tolerance. While it does so metaphorically, it still make the necessary and vital stand that we, as a society, must embrace other people, no matter their differences: of gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, nationality, neuro-diversity, intelligence, and many other so-called divisions that are often applied to humanity. While always funny, The Addams Family is ultimately a show about understanding and inclusion, a theme that should resonate today.

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