After the beginnings of a conversation with my brother while watching a Northern Shoveler duck, no the duck is not my brother’s totem, I began to think about diversity and how it’s been so emphasized that there are even classes, a whole industry devoted to how we can ‘celebrate’ and ’embrace’ the diversity of our heritages. It seems to me that within our larger groups there are smaller groups, then smaller, on down into the family. Every single one of us is different and holds different beliefs than any other person. Rather than paying someone to tell us what diversity is and that we should respect others, I believe we should start at home and emphasize tolerance rather than going out and cheering something or people we don’t know just for the sake of semantics and the illusion that we’re good people because we can look a person of a different race in the eye. Universal tolerance beginning in the smallest group, and learned well can enable anyone to avoid disturbing, berating, or murdering others. After all other species practice that among themselves – I’m not saying violence doesn’t occur in the wild, but looking at the family of man we’re much more consciously attuned to violence than peace. Don’t you think starting with tolerance might be the way to go?