As many of you know, the last few weeks with Donald Trump playing the role of POTUS has been a complete shit show. A number of ridiculous Executive Orders have been signed waging war on women, the LGBTQ community, and Muslim people as a whole. In short, Trump has managed to attack pretty much anyone who isn't a rich, white cis-gender man.
The ban on Muslim refugees entering the United States caused an uproar of epic proportions urging people around the country to come together and protest in favor of allowing Muslim people into the U.S. In the midst of the drama between the people and Trump, I couldn't help but stop and think about how screwed up this world would be if people weren't given the right to explore the notion of diversity.
In 2004 I took my first trip outside of the States. My mother and I traveled to China to venture to Beijing and Shanghai for 14 days and 13 nights. A young 18, I opted to stay in the states and spend my last two weeks in San Diego with friends before relocating to Lake Charles Louisiana. My mom wasn't having it and reluctantly, I traveled across the world to China along side her.
Traveling to a different country was probably the best experience of my life. Learning about culture, religion, and the customs of people in other countries was eye opening, and showed me the importance of diversity. The United States is tiny in the grand scheme of things. There is an entire world to explore full of enriching sights and interesting people. Without diversity, life would be boring to say the least and without other cultures, the United States would be noting. Mainly because the things that make American culture unique have been borrowed from other cultures. America is a melting pot and the moment we can learn to accept it and respect one another's differences, the moment we can start to progress as a collective group.
Diversity matters. Being able to sit down and speak with a woman from a different country who's had a different set of life experiences matters. Learning about how other people live their lives matters. These are things we have to accept if we want to be the best version of ourselves.
Without diversity nothing great would exist. Imagine a world where everything is a carbon of itself. Imagine a world where originality is prohibited and everyone looks the same, acts the same, speaks the same, and hold the same belief system. The shit would be boring, lackluster and unrevolutionary.
Diversity is the cornerstone of life. The more you learn about other people, the more you learn about yourself. When you travel outside of the U.S. you become more cultured. You learn to appreciate beauty in things we may not have here in the United States. Most importantly, you gain an appreciation for other beliefs, cultures, and values.
Keeping Muslim people, or any group of people carrying a Visa or passport from entering the United States is not only sad, but it's detrimental to the evolution of this Country, and American Citizens. We must unite, we must accept diversity, and we must learn to love one another from a sincere place. Only a fool would pass up the opportunity to learn about his fellow sisters and brothers.