Variety does a little something for us all. It’s why we continuously create new playlists for our drive to work. It’s why the thought of eggs makes me nauseous after eating them twice a day for far too many days. Variety is one of the reasons we crave a good vacation or a variation to our normal routine. An assortment of options is always good, and change is refreshing. And while diversity is thrilling, similarity ensures safety.
Inviting variety into our lives induces uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds fear. We don’t consciously realize that we are afraid of what might happen if we add variety to our culture, but the fear is present. We don’t analyze why we lack variety. According to an article written by Jessica Guynn of USA TODAY, “A 2011 survey by the National Venture Capital Association and Dow Jones VentureSource found 89% of investors were male and 11% female, while 87% were white.”
How is that for lack of variety? No doubt, all people fear rejection when we interact with other cultures. People have a deeply buried, deeply rooted fear of acceptance and deep in that dark part of consciousness consider: If I accept and enjoy this ‘inferior’ culture, does that make me inferior too? Does it mean that I will lose my sense of self? Instead of acknowledging the angst, we tend to suppress it and blame cultures.
We put up walls to new relationships because we fear we might become less if we are different than the power we find in what we are. If a man likes fashion, society labels him as feminine. If a black man wears a suit and goes to college, society says he is more like a ‘white person.’ If a woman shows leadership or initiative, society labels her as one who ‘wears the pants.’ While it is painful to admit, the human race fears that diversity will cause superiority to deteriorate. Leaving society void of conformed identities and leaving those with the power to experience real equality.
“The reason racial minorities are pressured to ‘act white’ is because of white supremacy. The reason women are told to downplay their child-care responsibilities in the workplace is because of patriarchy. And the reason gays are asked not to ‘flaunt’ is because of homophobia” (Kenji Yoshino, Covering).
I don’t know the solution to these problems, but I believe the heart of God shatters every time one of his loved ones is hurt, forgotten, or inferior because of disunion. Lack of diversity leads to uncertainty. Uncertainty breeds fear. Fear cripples, but perfect love casts out fear. I believe that God’s heart breaks for the divide caused by division. Unity among cultures will heal more than pity for the pain ever could. Pity is futile. Pity is degrading. But the universal power of united races all created in the image of God is unshakable. And I believe we have the God given power to grasp His heart and create unity.
“Wherein I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”(Revelations 7:9-10)