1. There is great diversity among human beings. Physically we differ from each other in things such as size, body structure, skin color, and facial features. We also differ from one another mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. One of the greatest challenges of a healthy spirituality is learning to tolerate the differences we find in one another and not to view these differences as threats to ourselves. Moreover, a healthy spirituality should lead us to celebrate our differences and to see them as a reflection of God's beneficence and creativity. (Melannie Svoboda, [Traits of a Healthy Spirituality]).
2. Diversity may be both the hardest thing to live with and the most dangerous thing to be without. (William Sloane Coffin, [Credo]).
3. In this Theory of Everything, I have one major rule: Everybody is right. More specifically, everybody -- including me -- has some important pieces of truth, and all of those pieces need to be honored, cherished, and included in a more gracious, spacious and compassionate embrace. (Ken Wilber, [The Simple Feeling of Being]).
4. In that which we share, let us see the common prayer of humanity. In that which we differ, let us wonder at the freedom of humankind. (Jewish prayer).