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Mireille Chéry

President & Founder, F.I.S.H. Corporation Foundation

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What IF planet earth was just : One color, one race, one nation, one religion, one language ?

Does all this diversity in races, colors, religions etc., bring human being to war, hatrated, anger, frustration etc. ? The differences that we all share on this beautiful planet, is it to our advantage ?

Would it not be easier and more pleasant to speak all, the same language, have the same culture, practice the same religion etc. ?

What is your take ? Would you rather live on A PLANET EARTH elsewhere, that it's all the same colors, same culture, same language, same religion etc...If not, why and what do you propose to make OUR planet earth, as much unified as possible within is differences?

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  • Jun 24 2012: I don't mean to speak for other people, but after reading this whole debate, I would like to give my impressions (if you think I have misstated somthing, please correct me):

    It seems that almost everyone agrees that a world with less diversity would be less beautiful and less pleasant, with the one possible exception that it might be more peaceful. I watched a talk recently in which the speaker described herself as having the color of chocolate. I just love that phrase. It would be such a pity to have world where noone had the color of chocolate.

    I think that Mireille's point, that diversity dwells within us, is very insightful. A more peaceful world, with less outer diversity, may provide the freedom to allow our inner diversity to blossom abundantly. A single language might make the world less interesting, but it would certainly facilitate the fast exchange of ideas.

    Unfortunately, I think that Peter Lindsay's point is the most applicable. Whether we like it or not, the world is fast becoming a monoculture. The worlds languages are disappearing at an amazing rate. I have studied only two languages other than English, but I learned that there are concepts that cannot be translated. This means that a vast amount of knowledge is being lost, likely forever. By letting these languages die, we could be setting back human progress by centuries.
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      Jun 24 2012: Really inspiring Barry, thank you ! Yes, indeed you are right in your analogy here!

      I love my chocolate color, and furthermore, I certainly don't see it as a problem or negative as society (some people trying to stigmate it), so for me, it's not the outside colored or the outside world views that bother me, IS THE INSIDE WORLD of any human, the heart translate our views for the world outside to see, to like, dislike, love etc.,

      If human can see this world with the eyes of their heart, mind you, they have to do the work from within (change their heart for the best that it can be), well, I believe deep down in my heart, that world that we are leaving now with all is beautiful diffences: language, religion, colour etc, would be monotone, without loosing is colors and differences, hence, no violence, wars etc...why, the heart don't have prejudice, we put it in, consciously or not!

      Think about a child for a moment: they don't see colors, language etc., they just don't see it right, because they look at the world, with the eyes of their heart, and they embrace all this diversity. So i'm praying for all of us, to have the heart of the child that we use to have. This beautiful planet is a playground, we can only play,if we have a heart of a child....I love to play!

      Thanking you for your response...it touch my heart!!

      Peace
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      Jun 24 2012: Mamihlapinatapai. This is one of my favourite words Barry and is a great example of a word that describes a situation we experience every day but English has no word for. As the world homogenises we need to make an effort not to lose bits. If you put four different berries into a blender you homogenise the mixture but keep the characteristics of each berry. We need to combine cultures rather than replace one with another.
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        Jun 25 2012: This word Peter is from where "Mamihlapinatapai.", in what language ?
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          Jun 25 2012: Mamihlapinatapai (sometimes spelled mamihlapinatapei) is a word from the Yaghan language of Tierra del Fuego, listed in The Guinness Book of World Records as the "most succinct word", and is considered one of the hardest words to translate. It refers to "a look shared by two people, each wishing that the other will offer something that they both desire but are unwilling to suggest or offer themselves.
          Ever been woken by a crying baby at 2am or had the phone ring in the middle of your favourite TV show?
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        Jun 25 2012: Yes, quite a word indeed...Peter!

        I understand the crying of a baby or TV show analogy...kind of : best of both world, or you can not cook a cake and eat it to..!

        The corrolation of our differences is all people want this diversity in our world, and in the same time, nobody is doing nothing to put a stop to the indifferences that some manifest by war, hatrated, violence...because of our differences.

        When will start to look with the eyes of your heart, only then, I deeply believe that will be able to even pronounce "Mamihlapinatapai or mamihlapinatapei".

        Thanks for the word Peter!!

        Peace
        • Jun 25 2012: I think what Peter meant is,if you are watching a TV show, with someone, you would like to keep watching , so your eyes tell the person you'd like them to answer the phone instead of you, but their eyes tell you the same thing. Same with the crying baby there are 2 of you and no one really wants to get up and help the baby so each of your eyes has the look of "Mamihlapinatapai". (Maybe I did not understand the "can't have your cake and eat it too" reference).

          Your question makes me think of a book I read and really liked in elementary school. Its called "The Giver", and its about a world that is color-blind. There is one person called the Giver who has the knowledge of "colors" and he ends up mentoring this child who SPOILER ALERT...
          gives the knowledge of color to the whole world.

          The concept is similar because people who see everything rationally do not always get why things are so beautiful in the world.... you might need to read the book to understand what I'm getting at, but it has stuck with me for 10+ years.

          Empathy is definitely lacking here on Earth but I would like to believe the situation is improving.

          "Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence."
          -Frank Zappa
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      Jun 25 2012: @ Brian : I did understand what Peter wanted to say.

      Improvement is need it and is being done...I hope to see a glimpse of it, in my life time.

      Peace

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