In nature, every ecosystem requires a number of different plants, animals, and organisms in order to grow and flourish. When it comes to surviving and thriving, the earth and its creatures need diversity.

If diversity is a necessary part of nature, then it only makes sense that people need diversity in their communities. Diversity inspires cultural growth and makes society richer. When a community has people of different backgrounds, beliefs, and skills, each person is able to contribute their unique story and gifts so as to make a greater whole. 

Here are five different thoughts on how diversity is good for us. 

Diversity is beautiful.

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” -Maya Angelou

Diversity gives us strength. 

“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” -Stephen R. Covey

Diversity makes life interesting.

“Just imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same. My idea of a perfect world is one in which we really appreciated each other’s differences: Short, tall; Democrat, Republican; black, white; gay, straight–a world in which all of us are equal, but definitely not the same.”-Barbra Streisand

Diversity propels us forward.

“Diversity is the engine of invention. It generates creativity that enriches the world.” –Justin Trudeau

Diversity inspires unity.

“Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” –Jacqueline Woodson