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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    May 31 2012: I think in time it will be inevitable. My genealogy is a mix of english, scottish portugese and german. The mother of my children is of irish and indigenous australian bloodlines. Every day i interact with people from japan and china and malaysia and india and sudan. In 100 years the concept of race will be very hard to define as the lines become very blurry. Imagine what the world will be like when hypersonic planes allow travel across an ocean in acouple of hours. Your race and your culture will be something you chose, not something you are labelled with.
    To illustrate my point. I'm a highschool teacher, sometimes in my class I ask the kids to stand up in a line and I put them in order from palest complexion to darkest without telling the kids what I'm doing. Eventually they work it out. Then I ask them to pick the line between the "white kids" and the "black kids". There never is a line it's just shades of brown the whole way. No white no black just all shades of brown.
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      Jun 28 2012: You are a great teacher Peter, keep it up!! Did put a smile on my face...what you did to your students.
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        Jun 28 2012: The best part is when you have a kid who is in touch with his aboriginal heritage but not very dark. You end up with arguements "You must be black you're darker than me and I'm black". Eventually they realise that you can choose your cultural interests independantly of the colour of your skin. Can you imagine what some one would look like if they really were white? I also get them to put thier hands on a piece of paper to show that side of the pointless classification system that gets used too much.
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          Jun 28 2012: You certainly having a blast in your job and seem also that you loved what you do...Bravo again Peter!

          Kids are the best...do you find, that you learn as much as you teach them ?
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    Jun 1 2012: One color, one race, one nation, one religion, one language would reduce the collective amount the knowledge-base of humankind to 1/200th than what we have now. We are different so we learn from each other.
    We are different so we are interesting to each other.
  • May 31 2012: Some readers think that having only one culture (or no culture at all) means we don't have variety of opinions, approaches, views and variety in music, arts etc.

    I think without cutlures we will have more freedom and see more variety without any historic constraints. Without culture people will still find new trends, do things differently and think differently?
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    May 30 2012: united colours of benetton wouldnt have a product (thats comming from an indiginous australian) :-)
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      Jun 28 2012: United colors all the way!! Thank you for your input Damian
  • May 30 2012: The world that you imagine is a utopian one. Everything in the world would be simple and easy, but it wouldn't be as divine and beautiful as now. What we need is to learn unity in diversity . With all these differences too we can live peacefully, the differences don't format the root problem here. It's our human ego and our attitude towards people, trying to shun them down when they're different from the crowd,this creates issues, not the differences. Differences are beautiful.
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    May 30 2012: That kind of world would not be as beautiful as this one.
    It is the diversity of world that furnishes opportunities for all those acts of respect,tolerance,courtesy and unselfishness by which love and goodwill are expressed. Unfortunately, this also leaves the way open to competition and hostility.
    Freedom of choice implies the existence of things to choose between. And as long as humanity have freedom of choice and the possibilty of making the wrong choice, it would not matter whether we have the same of all the things you've listed.
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    Lejan .

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    Jun 30 2012: It is giving just the right flavour to this stew. Salt, pepper and maybe stock cube is to be negotiated globally yet added, stirred and additionally seasoned locally. And with just the right time of waiting, the overall temperature will become just right one day to enjoy it everywhere! Bon appetit! :o)
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      Jun 30 2012: I'll take a big bowl of that Jean-Bernd, sound delicious!!

      Ummm, c'est bon !
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        Lejan .

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        Jun 30 2012: Hey, let's get them all invited!

        If you will guard the soup, I get the 7 billion chairs ... ;o)
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    Jun 29 2012: Hi Mireille.

    I find this subject very interesting. Actually, I was just thinking about this. I lived in a tourist island, where I can see people from all around the world just enjoying their vacation time, and it came to my attention the diversity of races that more often are seen forming a family, and this just brought me the question if one day in the future, we may create a new race just by combining all the existing now. If this happen, how the society will change?
    But as your question, If I would like to live in a place where we are all the same, I honestly wouldn't like it. Why? because diversity is what makes the human kind what it is. If you think about it, even in a relationship, both of the persons involved, are quiet different, because they complement each other. We learned about others thoughts, behave, ideals, culture (this very important), etc.
    It is true that this very same diversity have created a series of problems between nations, even between people from the same country, but I don't think that uniformity in the society will help much, because the very own nature of the human being. We need to learn from others, if not, growth will not be possible. Maybe, if we get to a point where people are somehow similar between each others, this wont last long, because there will always be someone that will not agree with the rest, and will created another tendency or way of thinking.
    What may be the solution? Understand, really UNDERSTAND, that we are different from each other, and that, if I think or act different, it doesn't necessary means that is not correct. Because you don't understand another person it doesn't mean he is wrong. What we need to do is bring back all the values that society has been putting aside, and start being tolerant with others.
    Everything starts at home, teach our children about tolerance, diversity and acceptance, and will be a greater society.
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      Jun 30 2012: @ Claudia : I appreciate reading your thoughts on the matter Claudia, really. Understanting, acceptance and respect of each other is the main keys and solutions.

      Thank you kindly for your input and I hope your vision of this world will come about...it's a great one!

      Peace
  • Jun 29 2012: I think differences between individuals is the motivation that people keep learning and growing. I do not believe that we would like to discover other things if people share the same language and culture. It will only lead us into a dull world if we have the same religion, culture,etc.
    War and hatred are not happend because of the difference between individuals, but it comes from our fear, ambition, envy and selfishness.
    A pleasant conversation is created by understanding between each other.
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      Jun 30 2012: I like your thoughts on the matter Lili !! A creative conversation by understanding each other is a great approach, furthermore, one should also accept the difference of ideas and opinions of the other person, so that creativity on both parties can come alive and nourish, one, from the other!

      Cheers
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    Jun 27 2012: We would all be bereft! My kids are so different and that is what makes us strong. The one who loves economics helps the one who is a diplomat and the one who works in parliament is able to advise us all. The other two may hold even more wisdom in a practical sense.
    Uniformity is not my dream and I delight to live in a multicultural, multilingual country too.
  • 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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    Jun 20 2012: Personally I love all the differences between us. I love the differences in body structure, colours, creeds, cultures. Languages, I love hearing different languages. Accents, especially, I must confess, give me a thrill. My hobby is to try to place a person to a country just by their accent when speaking English.

    However, it does seem quite apparant that the ethnic differences are indeed the basis for most conflicts. When studying history, although you may come across the veneer of wars based on ideology and religion, scratch the surface barely and wars are almost always fought because of economic reasons, which are based on the judgement that one race or ethnic group has a more "valid" claim to those economic resources than another ethnic group.

    Thus it is not our diversity, so much as our inability to be mature enough to realise that another ("them" as opposed to "us") have as much right to resources as we do ourselves. Were we to extoll the virtues of other ethnic groups as much as we do our own, we would begin to take to our hearts that true understanding would alleviate this inherent mistrust.

    Once, I had a coworker who hated hearing people speaking Spanish in Wal-Mart. When pressed, it turned out it was because she couldn't understand what they were saying. It made her fearful. When I explained that what they were saying was usually the same thing she would say to a companion in Wal-Mart (do we need soap? What cereal would the kids like? etc), her apprehension lessened. It is mutual understanding that gets us past our fear.

    I am a big proponent of mission trips and study abroad programs and think they should be requirements for graduating high school and college.

    Because, to be perfectly honest, that Lithuanian pharmacist who gets me my prescription wouldn't be half as beautiful if her accent were as plain as my American Midwest accent!
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    Jun 19 2012: That which is, cannot exist in the absence of that which is not !
  • Jun 19 2012: start morning we all wake up exactly the same by afternoon we would have created something to distinguish from the other then would play on that to make it my diffrentiator...by nightfall we would have pretty solid camps.
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    Jun 18 2012: Oh, God, no. How horrible would that be! We're all beautiful as we are. Not always smart, but beautiful in out differences, especially when it comes to different cultures and languages.
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      Jun 19 2012: Yes indeed Branislav..."all beautiful as we are". We as individual are unique and we should embrace ourselves to embrace the differences in others and respect it!

      Cheers
      PS: Beautiful pics!
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        Jun 19 2012: Thank you, and right back at ya! :)
        Just to add, I believe that everything bad happened/is happening in this world just because some people have a notion that their life is more important than the lives of other people. I was taught (thanks mom!) to believe that in this life, the only thing we actually 'have' is each other...
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    Jun 16 2012: "life is like a rainbow, we need both sun and th rain to make its colors appear". i think that quote may be meaning full here. it's the differences that makes life on this planet beautiful, as it is.
    If it were all the same everywhere, then maybe it would've been easy .....but at the same time, boring and not beautiful.
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      Jun 18 2012: Thanks for your post Pranoy,

      I certainly agree with all saying that it is way more beautiful with our differences...for me the differences are from within us, within each of us...that want to beleive that.

      The color, religion, language would not matter really, because we could love, care, embrace everybody, every religion, every language...if inside of us we see all the beauty and the power that come with all that differences.

      We have see people with the eyes of our heart, not our physical eyes...

      Love the rainbow comparaison...indeed, it is quite beautiful!

      Peace
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    Jun 16 2012: if there are One color, one race, one nation, one religion, one language the earth would be in a peace state and no world wars and any kind of inventions god had created all the diffrence on earth because of to know wat the man is capable of in all the fields so man has discoverd a lot so if we all are one kind the man wolud have not know of war and he will not think of nucelar missile wch are hlpful all these days and his mind would not have been devloped
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      Jun 20 2012: True Teja, GOD as created all the differences on earth, and it is quite beautiful and exquisite, I embrace it with a great deal of respect and knowledge.

      Now, I will say again , the differences is not by our color, religion, language etc., that we can actually see, but rather, the difference of our heart...even if we are all the same culture, colour, etc...if we can still see as being different as a catalyst to war, anger, hate etc...it does not matter if we live on this planet as it is, or reivente a new one, suggested on this debate.

      The differences in within us, in our heart...change your heart, and embrace and value our differences as powerful, and we all, so in need of it!!

      Cheers,
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    Jun 16 2012: Boring. Read Audious Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD. There would be no purpose for TED, schools, politics, religion, etc ... Diversity and change are key stone in the development of mankind. The need for travel would be eliminated. I would hate that world. We are not perfect, we hate, fight, we are emotional and territorial, and that is not always good but really not all bad either without them we would not have cultures.

    No I am not infavor of this idea. We are not perfect. I do like or condone the hate. But all in all .... long live the difference.

    All the best. Bob.
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    Jun 15 2012: Hello again Dear Mireille:>)
    If planet earth was just one color, one race, one nation, one religion, one language, I think/feel that it would not be as interesting. It is a choice in every moment for us to see the differences with hatred, anger, frustration...or.....as a gift.

    In my perception, we are all more the same than different. We all share the same planet, breath the same air, drink the same water...we all share the same feelings...sadness, happiness, frustration, contentment, joy, humor, discontent, etc. In general, we all want to love and be loved. The differences are an advantage when/if we choose to see it in that light...it is a choice:>)

    The differences are the gifts we give to each other. It is by connecting with people throughout our world that I have learned more about our world, other people, and myself. By exploring the differences with an open heart and mind, curiosity and unconditional love, I have discovered how much the same we actually are, and that, to me, is a gift:>)
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      Jun 15 2012: Hello Queen Colleen,

      This is what I like about this debate, people actually see that differences, diversity is a strenght and is powerful...that we should embrace it, not condamn it and having a bunch of prejudice, because of some lack of some sort.

      Yes, our different make our planet much more enjoyable, pleasant etc., so the ultimate choice we should make, should be going towards saving it, share it, and love it...We (human) should have a common goal, objective, all over the world, stick to it, and make it happen : Respect and protect our diffences...

      Peace
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      Jun 15 2012: Hi Mireille,
      I too agree with Colleen, Coming from a land of so many cultures which honestly I am not so aware of . I might find it boring to interact on everyday basis with a person who follows the same culture as I do (maybe I would be excited seeing that person for the first time ).But personally , I have had so much fun interacting people from other religions (among my friends) .
      Not to mention after giving my opinions on TED , the interesting opinions I have received from different people from different countries only justifies that there must be diversity in cultures.
      Our focus must not be in having one religion ,one language, one nation etc but in trying to spread the vision of global peace , harmony , love , humor , discussions and that is what TED is all about

      hope it helps .

      Regards,
      Bharath
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        Jun 16 2012: Hello Bharath,

        Yes you are right, global peace, harmony, love, humor...this is the common goal for the planet to achieve..TED is doing a great job, for sure. I respect it so much...but each human being should do their parts and contribute to it...so it can become global.

        Why our differences/culture put us in such a "family feud"...all this culture is great and I embrace it for sure and love it...but in the same time, people kill in the name of religion, colour, language...so if all the same, I'm wondering if it will not solve these major issues that our planet is going through right now...

        I love my sushi, just love a shishkabab, smoke meat, dancing salsa, belly dancing....

        Peace
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          Jun 16 2012: Hi Mireille ,
          coming to your question "Why our differences/culture put us in such a "family feud? why people kill in the name of religion? ... it is just a myth, recently a terrorist was captured in India and he has made headlines through out our country and he confessed that he was very poor that he had to choose this path ... It is a very complicated network of criminal organizations to make them divert people or media to make the confess that criminals kill in the name of religion.
          Usually poverty becomes a reason behind crimes.

          So we can't come to conclusions the it is difference in culture causes difference in opinion, it is simply the need for discussion which people are not able to find time out of their busy schedule...

          The only way to solve such problems is create awareness so much so that our vision of City 2.0 is very near to all cities in across the globe..

          Cheers,
          Bharath
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        Jun 16 2012: Mireille and Bharath,
        I agree of course, with global peace , harmony , love , humor. I also agree that discussions on TED are helping to facilitate those goals.

        I believe the main reason for crime is lack of awareness. I totally agree with you Bharath, that we need to create awareness to achieve our goal to resolve some global issues. If people truly understood that we are more the same than different....if we all recognized our interconnectedness, we could not violate the rights of others, because we would be aware that we are also hurting ourselves.

        Mireille,
        If you eat too much sushi, shishkabab, and smoke meat, you won't be able to move enough to dance the salsa, or belly dance....
        Remember...balance:>)
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          Jun 16 2012: Global education should be then our goal to achieve for humanity.

          Funny lady you are dear Colleen...indeed balance is key, I believe I am doing so : eating lots, and dancing it away...

          Peace
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        Jun 16 2012: Yes, I believe education is part of the process, and to educate everyone in our world sounds like an overwhelming task! I believe each and every one of us have opportunities to connect with people all the time...like right here and now:>) "BE" what we want to "SEE" in our world. It can be as simple as opening our heart and mind to possibilities!

        I've had wonderful connections with people throughout the world simply because I was open to it. A young women on the bank of the Nile in Egypt. We made eye contact a couple times, then smiled, she motioned for me to follow her and I did. She brought me to her home....a mud hut in a small village, where I met her parents, her brother and sister. They gave me tea, I sat by the fire in their home with them and we had a chat! They spoke Arabic, and I speak English, so I'm not really sure of how the conversation evolved, except communication is a large percent (65%?) body language. Communications of any kind are a large percent acceptance.

        When we can accept others, it opens up a beautiful new world for us, and I would never deny myself that opportunity:>)

        "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes..."
        (Marcel Proust)
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          Jun 16 2012: I could not agree more with you on this Colleen, as you rightly pointed out more than the language its the body language that matters so much in any communication. Only through such discussion can we bring about a change.

          Regards,
          Bharath
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    Jun 14 2012: All of humanity is a wave form... A writhing mass of sexual energy. Beige and secular is on the way up in a big way... Lots of people are learning English... But when most people are beige, secular, and english speaking, suddenly it will be sexy and exciting to be something different. There is no way to irradicate diversity, no matter how few languages, races, cultures, or religions exist. We are all beautiful and unique snowflakes.

    Men and women are different enough to spend a lifetime eternal conflict anyway : p
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      Jun 15 2012: Let's go back in the time of teh Bible, The Babel Tower, everyone was speaking the same language, so even GOD saw a great oppotunity to create an uniform world...but humankind blew it...again !!

      Diversity is within, actually all is within. If I want to be a 6 feet tall, blond, bomshell, well I don't have to physically be blond or 6 feet tall, but within I can be exactly that, by acting the part...whatever or whomever you want to be, is inside us...so colour, religion, language as we know it, as no purpose, it's irrelevant, hence the actual fact, even if we were all the same colour, religion etc., its only boring, because people decide to actually defined it, categorised it, deform it, when in fact, it doesn't even exist.

      Peace
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    Jun 12 2012: I think very few would prefer the boring mono-world, although most of us who have looked outside of their home country during the last 50 years would say we are not far from it.

    In the spirit of a thought-experiment: I do not think "as unified as possible" is an option. The most powerful nations will always resist submission to international systems (e.g. undemocratic UN structures, the International court of justice unrecognized by USA and others, etc.) Therefore, perhaps decoupling, rather than unity, is a possible path. Unfortunately would be only possible through a drastic reduction of the world population (e.g. four generations of one child families, massive die-offs due to famine, disease, or environmental destruction etc.). A reduced world population coupled with decreased globalization and migration would not only decrease external exploitation (source of conflicts) but would also help increase local self-sufficiency, and strengthen local identity and culture.
  • Jun 7 2012: I agree with the responses that a planet lacking in diversity of races, color, etc. would make for a somewhat bland culture and society. It could be argued that the term "culture" might not even exist on a planet where everyone is the same. I think of all the wonderful dances, foods, and traditions of differing cultures and could not imagine our world without them. So in response to your proposal, I think the result would be a bland existence and we would probably find other ways to define ourselves (or better yet, be defined by others), thus everything would eventually be as it is now.

    As far as reducing or eliminating war, hatred, anger, frustrations, etc., these are matters of the heart that will manifest themselves whether we are a one world planet or not. It is the heart that envies, that hates, that desires war to gain power, resources, and control. The planet that can eliminate the evil desires of the human heart will be the planet that can remove the negative attributes we all seek to rid ourselves from. Christianity teaches that we are a fallen world, and I believe that we are, therefore it will take a conversion of our hearts, not our differing cultures, to tame the tide of war, hatred, anger, etc.
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    Jun 4 2012: I believe that differences are what makes us creative. If everybody were the same, our community would not be able to advance as we are advancing today. Without creativity, nobody will be able to take initiatives in a new project. Without those ideas, humanity will not be able to develop and change over time.

    I would like to thank you for posting this excellent question!
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      Jun 4 2012: Thank you dear Rosa.

      You are so right, creativity it's at the base of it all. Human are program to create. Our planet can not exist with out it, and because of the beauty of our differences, we can create indefinetly...this is where all the power reside, in the creativity of our differences OR in the differences of our creativity.

      I really appreciate your input and the beauty of your heart...you are quite beautiful too. Thanks Rosa!
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    Jun 3 2012: @ Andrew, Obey, Mohammad, RH, Zdenek, Varlan, Adam, Peter, Kris, Hilton, Damien, Rashna, Edward and Feyisayo, thanks to all for taking the time for your input, beliefs and sharing!

    First, I would say, words like "disgusting" as no place on this topic, or TED platform. This is a debate, an open one, lets share and learn from each other in a civilized manner, please. Thank you.

    Now, most of all the comments, I did agree with. Some because it open my mind to see something else and some, just because we are on the same level of thinking. As and Afro-Haitian woman, I often ask myself why do people categorized me in a "coloured" state of mind or view? Because, for me I don't see my "colour", meaning, when I'm walking outside going about my business, my eyes are looking outward, so I don't see myself. Even when I look in a mirror, I don't see myself as a "coloured" person, I see myself as me, a human being on this planet that have a purpose, choices to make, and change to become the best that I can be etc Even as a child, I did not comprehend why my supposely "colour" had a "negative" connotation to it...actually, even now...but that's another debate.

    On the other hand, when I was in Haïti, I came to Canada at the age of 7, I can only see looking outward, just Haïtian people, my mind did not gravitate to think other cultures actually existed, so for me, their was no mention of "coloured" or listen to so many bad terms attached to any "coloured" or others cultures. It's only when I came to Canada and learn more about different cultures and see other nationalities, hence the "coloured" of the skin being pejorative. One would think in a "civilized" and "educated" nation, it will be more encline to acceptance of differences, on the contrary, these prejudices are stronger?

    All the differences, should be a great opportunity for all of us, to embrace, learn, and share, I'm all for that.

    I want to live on a planet where our differences make us all strong & unify.
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    Jun 3 2012: Unfortunately, this is one of those cases in which you cannot have your cake and eat it too. Pragmatically speaking, this universal culture cannot exist; it is impossible to have the genial aspects of diversity without the adverse effects as well. The question now is, could we really continue to progress as you have described? We could never really know, but it is an interesting scenario to think about.

    My one question is, what does this culture look like to you?
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    May 31 2012: I have seen a number of discussions on TED about 'a unified moral code', 'a scientific method society', 'technological determinism', and now 'one culture'. Why do we struggle so with our differences? Was is it within us that seeks 'sameness'? Is it that we need people to be like us so we can believe in ourselves, or is it just that we value 'efficiency' in our systems so much that we'll sacrifice exposure to alternatives and the 'inefficiencies' of diversity? What good does someone have to offer if I already have it? Those who speak mulitple languages know that there are concepts untranslatable. Why would we want to eliminate this opportunity and vision? In my opinion, It is only our diversity that makes us truly great, able to survive what nature throws at us. For me, to limit the human experience is suicide. What do I propose for unity? Celebrate diversity. Hold different opinoins in the highest esteem. Incentivize individuality and individual expression. Have respect for one another and treat each other in the highest regard. Be humble enough to allow others to live, yet strong enough in character as persuasion to get things done. Thanks for asking my opinion.
    • Jun 1 2012: " It is only our diversity that makes us truly great, able to survive what nature throws at us"
      Yes I agree but why culture and language need to be unique as well? They seem to divide people than unite them throughout the history?

      "Celebrate diversity."
      Yes we can celebrate diversity and individuality and new trends and differences. Again I don't see why we need cultural constraints that we sometimes inherit?
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        Jun 2 2012: Thanks Zdenek for responding to my comment. I too have trouble with 'culture'. I don't think that I used the term - but no matter. Culture seems to be a method of assigning identity, and does seem to 'distinguish' us from others rather than to be a collective expression of experience. Language though, to me, seems much more fundamental in diverse thinking. I hang my hat on the fact of untranslatable concepts between languages. Rather than 'constrain' or limit us, language is the main 'conduit' of our varied concepts between us. To incentivize for one language would eliminate this diversity and subject us to 'groupthink'. I don't think it's the languages or the cultures which are responsible for our division. It is our utilization of these methods of communication, our emphasis on 'difference' rather than 'contribution' (and lack of patience), which leads to our animosities - in my opinion.
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    May 31 2012: It would be just as bad and much more boring. Can you imagine a world with only one genre of music?!?! Disgusting!

    If war were not profitable we would see endless peace.
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      May 31 2012: What about a world where there is so much fusion between genres that you can no longer clearly classify any one piece as a specific genre? That's where musicians live!
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        May 31 2012: but how can music exist without conflict? I love you thought but imagine a utopia, the music would reflect this therefore the songs which portray sadness or discontent would not exist. And the fusion would not exist because the diversity does not exist.
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          May 31 2012: The best music is about personal conflict and that will always happen. No matter how homogenous a society is from a racial point there is just as much difference in opinion, even identical twins have fights and they're identical. Really I see the end point as not that everyone is the same individually but that all populations are so racially diverse that they become indistinguishable. You dont lose parts of different cultures you combine them all into one big culture.
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      May 31 2012: One vote for musical and artistic diversity
      The same things make us all happy and sad.
      Music is part of the happy side.
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        Jun 28 2012: Music is quite inspiring...although, pretty happy most of the time...but some musicians, singers, can bring tears to my eyes....you know, the "happy kind of sadness".
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    May 30 2012: We would be bored out of our minds! The differences and different perspectives in the world help me to identify what I DO want, as well as what I do NOT want, thus allowing me to focus my attention on that which I wish to have more of in my life.
    • May 31 2012: Lack of different cultures does not mean lack of different opinions?
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        May 31 2012: Zdenek, I don't know that it would mean a complete loss of differences, but with the loss of different cultures we would definitely lose some of the variances that make us each unique.... ie food, the variety of different cooking methods throughout the world. I LIKE and VALUE those differences!
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        Jun 28 2012: This is definetly true Zdenek, actually, it because of the cultures that we can have an opinions! Tks for your input.
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    May 30 2012: Dear Mireille...

    That's a good discussion.
    I think a world like this would be very boring...
    This "uniform" world seems like an utopia and, in my view, we should not seek utopias but be pragmatic and deal with things like they really ARE, not like they SHOULD BE...
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      Jun 28 2012: Rational HiIton, but this is true also...It's like having faith....you don't see it, until you beleive it can come true!
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    May 30 2012: Some of the things you mentioned are just expressions of our tribalism.
    We are one species, but competitive and tribal.
    Even if we all had the same language and skin colour we would find other ways to divide into tribes.
    I enjoy the diversity and richness.
    A more cooperative fairer world does not require us to be more similar except perhaps in our values and how we interact with each other.
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      Jun 28 2012: You are certainly right Obey...we don't have to be similar, but indeed in our values and how to react with each other, will definetly brake our barriers...its all in the mind.
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    May 30 2012: The specific cause of interpersonal conflicts would change but the amount of such conflicts would not go to zero. Natural man's heart is proud, arrogant, selfish, and greedy. Homogenizing everything would have no effect on disharmony among people.
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    Jun 30 2012: CLOSING

    @ : To all
    Firstly, thank you to each of you for taking the time to put your opinions, suggestions, ideas, solution to this debates.

    For the persons I did not reply, it's not that your points wasn't good, I did want to see how many real debaters will actually answered, and by not having me replying to all gave to this debate, close to 70 "real" person with new ideas, refreshing points of views for all to read. Thanks for your understanding.

    We all agreed that the differences on our planet earth, have great importance in our lives, mind, spirit and heart...this is why this planet its so great : our differences make us grow, learn, teach, educate, understanding, curious etc., also, we do agree that at times, our differences, can bring the worst of humanity : wars, prejudice etc.

    Furthermore, we all agree that part of the solutions is : education, acceptance, respect, understanding, love and embracing the differences of GOD offers us "for those whom believe in GOD!

    Now, each country on this planet is in a way, the same : religion, race, language, colored etc., if we put it in the context of the debate, even, within ones country, there is war, violence etc, and they all are of the same nations, so why, there is so much prejudice and hate ? One can only imagine, IF planet earth was all of the same, it would be catastrophic.

    Unless, WE as individual decide to do the change within ourselves to : accept, respect, embrace, understand the other cultures, views, opinions etc., even if you don't agreed with it, the importance is to give the liberty of expression, creativity, to take roots and live.

    It doesn't matter if you are Jewish, Afro-American-African-Haitian, Asian, American...or any of the other, Nations, because : Courage, strenght, joy, peace, love, etc., these are universal language, that everyone communicate, without having to be of the same race, religion, color. Change is within us to do, to embrace each other differences.

    Thanks to all.
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    Jun 16 2012: Then we would be stuck and could never achieve individual fulfillment or cultural advancement or true unity.



    There can be no unity , in the capital U sense of unity, without diversity.

    we grow stagnant and complacent when we sit only at the camp fires of those who shre our values, our culture, our beliefs, our traditions. It's a kind of intellectual and cultural in breeding and will have the same end result as in breeding in nature.
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    Jun 6 2012: Those are just categories to sort differences into 'us' and 'them.' If those categories were eliminated, there would just be a different categorical system.
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    Jun 3 2012: We would be one very boring people.
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      Jun 3 2012: It would be great if we could keep the positive aspects of diversity and at least move towards agreeing on some shared human rights. Gender equality. Freedom of and from religion. Racial equality. Reduce discrimination based on sexuality etc. Separation of church and state. Stop genital mutilation of children for religious reasons etc.

      There are plenty of ideas out there that enrich the human experience that cultures can borrow from one another.
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    May 30 2012: That kind of world would not be as beautiful as this one.
    It is the diversity of world that furnishes opportunities for all those acts of respect,tolerance,courtesy and unselfishness by which love and goodwill are expressed. Unfortunately, this also leaves the way open to competition and hostility.
    Freedom of choice implies the existence of things to choose between. And as long as humanity have freedom of choice and the possibilty of making the wrong choice, it would not matter whether we have the same of all the things you've listed.