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Feel The Freedom : The Value Of Diversity

By Lynn Taylor

There are moments when nearly everyone has thought during a disagreement “Why can’t that person think like I do?” Things would be so much easier if everyone thought the same way, acted the same way, looked the same way. There would be no reason to disagree. While a brief moment of magical thinking might be excusable to get us through a rough situation in reality we could not exist without diversity.

Merriam Webster defines diversity as 1: the condition of having or being composed of differing elements :  variety; especially :  the inclusion of different types of people (as people of different races or cultures) in a group or organization <programs intended to promote diversity in schools>

2:  an instance of being composed of differing elements or qualities :  an instance of being diverse <a diversity of opinion>

As nudists, we should embrace diversity even more than the average non-nudist. We know that what a person is on the inside has nothing to do with their outward appearance. We tell the world that we embrace the participation of all active nudists willing to adhere to our principles and standards of non-sexually oriented nudity regardless of shape, size, profession, etc.

AANR’s stance on diversity is such a priority that Section I, Article IV, part A of the Bylaws, one of AANR’s ruling documents, was amended in 2010 to state “AANR welcomes all people willing to conform to its principles and standards, regardless of age, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.”

So, according to the AANR Bylaws, every AANR member, and prospective AANR member, is welcome and valued in our association regardless of age, gender, marital status, religious beliefs, ethnic origin, or sexual orientation. Each person who believes in the cause of protecting our rights to family social nudism is welcomed into our family. From this rich mix of members we will have moments of disagreements because in reality no two people think exactly alike. But because of AANR’s diversity we will also have the advantage of different ideas, traditions, celebrations, and a community of like-minded people joining together to ensure our right to continue the lifestyle that means so much to each and every one of us.

Having a diverse membership and welcoming new members who have different experiences and ideas to offer can only help our association move forward in ways we might not have even imagined yet. That provides much more value than thinking alike.

 

 

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