This photo was taken at the Sacramento Zoo last weekend. I know it's not the best photo as far as clarity and being sharp, but I really wanted to share something with you and needed to find a picture fitting the message. I first I thought this to be funny, but the more I watched these two ducks trying to stop the other duck from making his way to the pond, I found myself thinking how this seems to be the way things are now in the world. People hate other people that look and act differently than them. The world should know that we are all the same inside and have the same needs and wants as others. Why is it so hard to love your neighbor, or the person that came from another county just trying to find a better life for his family? We need to start loving our brothers and sisters from all different walks of life and different countries. We need rid ourselves of fear, bigotry, and violence towards others or this world I fear is doomed. I want to share an article about Cultural Diversity and how it benefits us all in the article below.
May God bless you and all your families with Peace and Harmony.
Your Friend from California………………….Buddy
Cultural Diversity: Towards A Whole Society
Adapted from an article by Mara Hurwitt
"In Germany they first came for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me - and by that time no one was left to speak up."
- Rev. Martin Niemoller
Look around and you will see that our society is very diverse. Diversity enriches our lives. Much as the biological diversity of an ecosystem increases its stability and productivity, cultural diversity brings together the resources and talents of many people for the shared benefit of all. Sadly, the differences among us have historically formed the basis of fear, bigotry, and even violence. Yet consider how dull life would be if we all looked alike, thought alike, and acted alike! By learning to recognize our similarities and appreciate our differences, together we can overcome prejudice and intolerance and work towards a more peaceful and productive world.
People may fear diversity simply because they are accustomed to the way things used to be and change makes them uncomfortable. Others may somehow feel threatened because they perceive increased participation by traditionally underrepresented groups in the workplace and the political process as a challenge to their own power. If left unaddressed, these fears can lead to resentment and bigotry. However, these fears can often be countered through education. Dr. Samuel Betances, professor emeritus at Northeastern Illinois University and noted author and lecturer offers this observation:
"Education universalizes the human spirit. You cannot be universalized if you are only in one world, the world of your ethnic group, the world of your neighborhood, the world of your religion, or the world of your family. The word ‘university’ is related to this idea. Our lives are enhanced when we understand and appreciate many worlds. It has been said that if you gain a new language, you gain a new world. I believe that the reverse is also true: if you lose a language, you lose a world. When our spirit is universalized, we can cross boundaries and feel comfortable in other worlds. We can teach and learn from others in a mutually supportive effort to acquire a profound respect for the human condition."
Unlike assimilation - where everyone's differences are lost in a giant melting pot - multiculturalism advocates the idea that maintaining our different cultural identities can enrich us and our communities. Multiculturalism does not promote ethnocentrism or seek to elevate one cultural identity above another. Instead, it celebrates diversity by allowing us to value our individual heritages and beliefs while respecting those of others. Respect for each others' cultural values and belief systems is an intrinsic part of cultural diversity. Lack of respect is often based on ignorance or misinformation. If you do not understand another's values, lifestyle, or beliefs, it is much easier to belittle them. And so the seeds of prejudice and intolerance are sown.
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Miguel82 (7820) 2012-05-08 16:00
A very funny picture Buddy
Good colors and sharpness
chrisvek (5483) 2012-05-08 16:31
Perfect shoot of these birds.Great details of our lovely natural.Great lightning and POV.Very nice framing.Well done.
Have a good night
Sonata11 (28341) 2012-05-08 20:50
magnificent shot of those ducks, fantastic expression, looks like the black one is so calm, but the other seems like crying on the other. Wonderfully captured this photo. Very funny scene of nature. Thanks for sharing.
All the best,
danos (74020) 2012-05-09 0:33
a really interesting snapshot with your analysis to be correct,as the two ducks to trying to stop the way the other one.As we see the same customs taking place between the animals.
Regards from Athens,Danos
jhm (122458) 2012-05-09 2:40
Thank you very much for my picture to take as favorite.
Birds is always a very pleasant subject for take.
Great details of our lovely natural.
Composition and colors makes these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
eldancer1 (17064) 2012-05-09 9:16
It's not the image but the message you are spreading is very important. I asked myself the same question everyday. . .Why? The answers I am getting defies all logic. Sometimes I feel like giving up and thinking at my age I'm glad I won't be around long to see what human being does to other human being, but I decided that somehow I want to make a difference even in a very little way. TFS.
Tigerlily (2343) 2012-05-09 10:17
I like "..if you lose a language, you lose a world.." and I always think that if you learn another language you gain a world. English is my second languag, it does help me to understand the world better. But i also find it depends on individuals.
It's an excellentlly captured image, I do feel sorry for the one at the foreground. it's so beatutiful ..but this is duck world, unless you could teach them 'civilization' in Duck. :-D
Have a nice day, my friend :-)
golus (2889) 2012-05-09 11:13
The following is an excerpt from an essay about the purpose of making art:
"Art causes people to look a little closer. To look closer at the social issues, at other people and their emotions, at the environment that surround them, and the everyday objects and life forms around them. It helps them see what is there but not easily perceived. The artist brings out that which cannot be seen or felt easily."
Regarding this, your photo does its job perfectly. Technical issues like sharpness, clarity etc are all important but not the main thing. I appreciate your excellent notes, they are very frank and universally correct. Many thanks my friend. Have a nice evening.
krzychu30 (8879) 2012-05-10 1:44
at first I also thought it´s just well-noticed funny scene from the Zoo.But after I read your brilliant note,I started to look in a different way on your image and its hidden message you want to share with us.It´s good to see sometimes not only "postcard" images,but also these with deeper meaning.Well done image and very imteresting note.
clic (11017) 2012-05-14 15:20
An evident agressive behviour on behalf of the brown couple that don't seem to appreciate the extravaganza of facing duck's multi-coloured getup!!
At least they didn't speak when the "red neck" had its back turned!!
- Copyright: Buddy Denmark (PecoBud) (3778)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-05-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
- Exposure: f/7.1, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-05-08 14:29