Increased Diversity

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“God did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world.”                                                                                                                     –Joseph B. Wirthlin

From a Deseret News Oped by Natalie Gochnour, chief economist for the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce

“Last year, approximately 21,000 more people moved into the state than moved out.  These newcomers create a state that is more diverse, more progressive and more open to new ideas.

“I think of the human family as a universal family.  In my faith tradition that means God created each of us, loves each of us, and cares about our well-being.  He loves our differences because he created them.  His genius is creation….For me, in a very real sense, diversity is the brilliance of God.

“It’s as if the human family is a very large symphony.  The string, brass, woodwind, and percussion sections all join together to create a musical masterpiece.  If all the instruments were the same, it would ruin everything.

“People often get caught in the trap of thinking that if you are different you aren’t as important or valuable….This is particularly troubling in a state with a religious majority and minority….Appreciation for diversity goes both ways.

“Utah has always been somewhat outside the mainstream of America.  We are conscious, and often proud, of our peculiarities.  But we also want to be viewed as an attractive and cosmopolitan state and an attractive place to work and raise a family.  We want outsiders to feel welcome here.  We want people to see us as a state that is on the move.  A key ingredient to our progress will be how we embrace greater diversity.”