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Mohammed Bilal's "12 Steps Toward Appreciating Diversity"
1. ADMIT TO YOUR HOMOGENEITY, your lack of diversity. Verbalization of the problem creates a fertile foundation for growth.
2. KNOW YOURSELF: be balanced, self-confident, and clear-headed; once you know yourself, there is no need to hate or dislike difference. Create a family tree, meditate or fast.
3. LOOK FOR COMMONALITIES, NOT DIFFERENCES: re-train your mind to detect commonalities and similar interests with others, not gap-widening differences.
4. LEARN & TEACH: use every cross-cultural interaction as a time to learn and teach.
5. TRY NOT TO JUDGE
6. BREAK ONE CULTURAL HABIT WITH ANOTHER: once a month, exchange one normal cultural experience for a new and different experience.
7. YOU ARE BOUND TO MAKE MISTAKES: it's natural, be sensitive, respectful, and apologetic. Stick with it.
8. TRAVEL: as much as possible.
9. READ: everything! Consciously decide to read books and articles you have no immediate interest in to uncover information you may otherwise miss.
10. LEARN ANOTHER LANGUAGE: every facet and nuance of a culture is revealed through its language. A new language helps you to think differently.
11. LEARN TO DISTINGUISH BETWEEN PREJUDICE (PRE-JUDGEMENT) & TRUE DISLIKE: use trust as a barometer and foundation for real friendship. Psychic action on the things we’ve been pre-programmed (socialized) to believe.
12. TURN TO YOUR SOURCE OF LIGHT: use this inner-power to embrace diversity.