“If you are too much like myself, what shall I learn of you….”

As communication-technologies compel us to face the immense diversity of opinions & views on our planet, we would do well to pay heed to a comment from Malcolm Gladwell during a conversation on 1st April 2014 at the New York Public Library — “you don’t get points for accepting someone who wants to be just like you….You get points for accepting someone who doesn’t want to be like you.”

The poet Mary Oliver, writing (“Long Life”) of her relationship with her lifelong companion, Molly Malone Cook, makes an observation that is true for all relationships — “the differences….are part of the richness of life.”

The wise Mary goes on:

“If you are too much like myself, what shall I learn of you, or you of me?”

Peace 😊

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