July 28, 2009

Vive la Différence?

"Our greatest strength as a human race is our ability to acknowledge our differences, our greatest weakness is our failure to embrace them."

Judith Henderson

"Embrace", "accept", "adopt" . . . all the same?

I don't think so and choose to substitute "learn from" for "embrace".

What about you?


  1. I think you're right. "Embrace" is a little too touchy feely for me and I'm not ready to accept every difference just because it is different.

    I can acknowledge differences and have a better chance of learning from them than I do the other options.

  2. There are many ways to "acknowledge" something, including a bunch of bad ones (the Nazis "acknowledged" what they saw as differences between them and the Jews.) Greatest strength??

    Pointing out what is different has never been the issue. Accepting those differences and taking something good from them is another matter.