This week Awesome Stories brings you diversity, flower power, and hummingbird magic.
The Power of Diversity
Intolerance of ambiguity is the sign of an authoritarian personality. ~ Adorna
Elif Shafak explores the power of diverse thought in her TED Talk. I love how she starts her talk with the question “Can you taste words?” The taste of words can be sweet, sour, bitter, poignant, and more. Writers and poets strive to convey emotion in their words. The point is that language and ideas are very diverse, yet far too many political and social conversations today are focused on binary options like right or left, Republican or Democrat, the US or Russia. What we need are conversations and analysis that are big enough to include a multiplicity of ideas, and may even seem to contradict each other. Just like with race, white or black is a false dichotomy. Let’s open our minds and hearts to embrace the plurality of life, expressed in beautifully diverse ways.
I love this story, both as a flower lover and an environmentalist. Several countries in Europe have started using flowers to replace pesticides for their crop protection. Britain, for example, is testing 14 sites to see how well wildflowers attract beneficial insects that feed on crop-eating pests to replace pesticides. The flowers are planted in strips along borders and in the middle of production crops as needed using newer planting technologies. Switzerland and the US are also studying these techniques as well. So far the flowers are doing well to attract insects, preserve biodiversity, and reduce the need for pesticides. Given the growing evidence of the harm to wildlife, biodiversity, and water quality from pesticides, this is a timely application of a more natural approach to pest management. Yay!
Many of us love hummingbirds. Fellow blogger Janet Weight Reed is a dedicated hummingbird lover who often paints them, attempting to share the beauty and joy of these tiny magical birds. The more I learn about hummingbirds, the more fascinated I’ve become, plus having them visit my gardens was truly a special gift. Here is a fun article filled with both facts and fascination for hummingbirds. The article calls them bubbles wrapped in feathers to playfully describe their lightweight, hollow bones, and air sacs. They are the fastest and hungriest bird, consuming more food per body weight than any other creature and can fly in any direction as if by magic. 🙂
May your week be full of flowers, diversity, and beauty!