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Public forums battle diversity

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By John Bartlit

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was....”
These famously taut lines gain new currency from time to time. Now is such a time.
Our land is besieged with cross fire of two words, “conservative” and “liberal.” With all said, they impute every vice borne in humans. The flaws are not confined to fiscal blunders.
All camps deploy the blunted bywords to attack everything from choices of foods and poster phrases to word meanings themselves. “Liar, liar” is the prevailing counter point.   
Would such deeds make more sense viewed differently? A thought or two can be drawn from “ecology.” As a framework for people, consider an ecosystem.     
An ecosystem is made stronger by diversity, which works to stabilize and sustain the whole. Species eat different foods. Species find food and water in different ways. Species move differently and face different risks and ailments.
Environmental conditions at every level constantly change. To meet change, diversity increases the chance of life forms able to adapt and thrive.
Ecosystems rely on competing plants and animals of varied kinds and instincts. A widespread interdependence results among species, unsought though it is.


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