Friday, March 14, 2008

Unity in Diversity? An 8th grade kid cried for help

I could call Unity in Diversity as the Paradigm of Concordance or A Humane Epiphany.

But when a 8th standard kid approaches you to help out in a 2-min talk to be given on this subject, I was startled to figure out how to motivate, or even make sense to a class which would be more intrigued by questions like, 'How babies are made' or 'Why girls are beautiful' .

But I tried, and came up with this. Any parent or teacher can use this essay when explaining Unity in Diversity to kids.

Introduction

“Unity in Diversity” is defined as, “a socio-ecological philosophy that describes a sense of oneness despite physical or psychological barriers,” as defined by Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia.

This means when people believe that they are the same, even if they are from different countries, cultures or castes. Unity in diversity is the philosophy that even if you ‘look’ or ‘talk’ in a different way than me, I still treat you as family.

It is the point of acceptance that all human beings are after all equal, and respect each others’ cultural variation.

“Unity in Diversity” is a way of uniting all cultures and societies together as a whole in understanding and appreciation for each other.

Explanation

Now since this seems to be a bit sophisticated, let me explain it to you in a better manner.

  • We all are in the same class, have we ever wondered from which part of the state of country are we from?
  • Don’t we always think only about the fact that we stay in Pune and study together?
  • Have you ever wondered from which part of Maharashtra or India is his or her father from?
  • Have you ever treated any of the friends differently just because your native places are not the same?
  • Have you only talked to the classmates who are Marathi speaking or from Maharashtra?
Right here, we have a fine example of Unity in Diversity. All of us are different; we are from different parts of the state or even the country. The language you speak at home might be different from the language spoken by the one sharing your bench. But we all are united as ever, enjoying every moment together in school, never having a problem with the cultural variation. This is Unity in Diversity.

India is the world capital for Unity in Diversity. With 28 states speaking more than 22 languages, we still are united as a strong nation.

Other Good Examples:

Music
Music is a universal language. No matter who composes a song from which part of the world, it is enjoyed by anyone. A musical instrument from India won’t stop playing if it is taken to another country.

Please raise your hands, who like AR Rahman’s music? (Many will raise hands) Have you even thought, “I should not listen to his music because he’s does not speak my mother tongue”? When AR Rahman won international awards for Slumdog Millionaire, the judges did not think that since he’s from South India, he shouldn’t be given the award.

Music is the best example of Unity of Diversity because it does not differentiate language, cast, culture or geography.

Art
It does not matter if you’re a good artist, which language you speak or what color is your skin. Art is appreciated without a single thought about the Artist’s cultural or social origin. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is the most famous painting in the world; it is never disregarded in other countries.

Science
The science we study with (teacher’s name), was formed by various scientists from across the globe. Such great technological progress we see today in the 21st century would not have taken place without contributions from the diversity of scientists. It took their unity to form so many theories and perform thousands of experiments which obtained great results. This has been only possible because of Unity in Diversity. Newton, Einstein or C.V. Raman may be from different countries, but their aim was to become a great scientist, that’s why we see their names in our textbooks.

Types of Bread in India
One wonderful example is the various types of breads we find in India. If you go to a nice hotel and look under the breads or rotis section you will find:

  • Chapati
  • Roti
  • Naan
  • Paratha
  • Kulcha
  • Paav
  • Sliced Bread
…and many other types of bread. This is an example of Unity in Diversity because the bread which comes from different parts of India or the world is enjoyed by everyone equally.

Conclusion
To conclude, we all must always be united despite of these diverse cultural differences. The sense of oneness should be felt always which in-turn keeps us happy and makes the world a better place to live. Thank you.

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