Assertion #1: TO ANY WOULD BE TERRORISTS by Naomi Shihab Nye

“Have you noticed how many roads there are? Sure you have. You must check out maps and highways and small alternate routes just like anyone else. There is no way everyone on earth could travel on the same road, or believe in exactly the same religion. It would be too crowded and dumb; it would be dumb.”

In the quote above, Naomi Shihab Nye is addressing those she dubs “would be terrorists.” She goes on to address the necessity of diversity by arguing that a world of identical people would be “crowded and dumb”. Ms. Shihab Nye is absolutely correct is stating that a diverse world is the best one for us all to live in peacefully. If we were all the same, we’d have the same ideas and the same ideas would lead us nowhere. Some of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs were made by a group of unique individuals, not a group of indistinguishable human beings.

Some people, however, will inevitably argue that conformity to a set of rules and regulations provides structured creativity, but is that what we want? We always talk about a

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