A Metaphor for Diversity and Inclusion
Updated: Nov 11
I’ll give you a hint – the UK is clearly no longer experiencing a drought! 😉 Not really, although, just look at how green and abundant the grass is and how much they were all enjoying it
As I took my daily walk yesterday evening with the aim of reaching my 10k steps goal, I walked past these friendly fellows in a farm I always pass, but this time I noticed something rather interesting… I wonder if you can guess what it was that made me stop and take these pictures?
I’ll give you a hint – the UK is clearly no longer experiencing a drought! 😉 Not really, although, just look at how green and abundant the grass is and how much they were all enjoying it, together (sure, the calf is curious about the crazy lady on the other side of the fence, thus staring at me so intensely).
Anyway, I wondered - if the brown lamb or the white calf could speak, what might one say to them?
Would you ask, “How does it feel being the only one that looks like you here?”
Or perhaps you’d ask, “Do you feel you’re being treated the same as everyone else?”
Better still, you may not ask them anything at all and just wonder to yourself whether the lamb or the calf are bothered by the fact that they are not like the others?
At this point you’re probably wondering what on earth I’m on about?! Well, I had a thought as I looked on at the animals, peacefully grazing in unity without a care in the world. I was suddenly aware how as humans we could take in a lot from this very moment:
They are all able to flourish thanks to the inclusive environment that has been curated for them.”
They are all on the same level, eating the same grass at the same time, so surely they must all equally have the support of senior management!
There is respect and dignity for all regardless of size, colour, or gender.
Everyone gets to feedback to the environment (bad joke!)
And there is an appreciation of diversity without actually doing a song and dance about it!
As people, we sometimes go too far with the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda to the point that it turns into a political debate that becomes harder and harder to resolve for either side. Instead, let’s try simplifying life for ourselves and each other by focusing on what we all share in common – the grass! Tag @KevinBazeley @Daniela Andrian