If you follow my blog, you know that I love, love, love Andrew Solomon’s book, “Far From the Tree.” If you haven’t found the time to read it yet (it’s quite thick!), listen to his TED talk instead:
It’s about 20 minutes long, and he’s not a bells and whistles speaker, but what he has to say is SO
compelling: you’ll be amazed how far we have come as a society in terms of acceptance of
differences (Did you know that in 1968–the year I was born–the “Atlantic Monthly” said there was
no guilt in putting away–a euphemism for killing–a child with Down Syndrome?) and also moved
by the stories of parents who were guided by a fierce love for their children that enabled them
to create a bright, beautiful future for those children that no one else could imagine.
The main message? Diversity is good. Diversity strengthens the “ecosphere of kindness” and
we can and we should choose to love in and through and with diversity, no matter what.
“Strange love,” he says, has “bewitching patterns” that can captivate us, and teach us things
about ourselves, about humanity, and even about love itself that we never would have known
otherwise. There’s God in that, for sure.