I know, I know.
You all like different types of posts (except none of you appear to like made up stories about aliens - why is that? Where is my anorak following?). And I like writing different types of posts.
So some days' posts YOU - yes YOU - will like more than others. (Did that have the effect of making you think I was talking to YOU only? I was.) But that's fine yes? I could have had a theme or one style of post but being the expansively wired (open-ended not convergent), chaotic person that I am, I know I would have become bored. Isn't it actually bloody great that we are all so diverse, that we:
•hold different opinions,
•approach things from different angles,
•have different values,
•have had different experiences,
•see things differently,
•rate things differently
•can 'receive' the same experience differently
•are 'wired up' differently
•enjoy different things (even golf)
•have different talents and skills
•do things differently
•have different levels of 'persuadability'
•have considered different issues to a greater or lesser degree than others
•have different moral codes
•are interested in different things
•wear different cardigans if we wear them
•have different amounts of belly button fluff
I find the differences in people endlessly fascinating and a source of a lifetime of learning as I uncover more and more diversity. This has included many situations, outlooks, thoughts, ways of being etc where I have assumed everyone was the same as me and they have turned out not to be. I have lots of little revelations from my somewhat simple stance.
Perhaps we are encouraged (by parents' comparisons? by assessment at school? by the value in acquisition? by the way the world is?) to compare ourselves with others and automatically and continuously rate ourselves as 'better' or 'worse' than others instead of getting on and celebrating diversity. (I think I might do this sometimes and it might not always be that consciously). Assessing ourselves as 'better' or 'worse' (as opposed to just different) is a route to contempt towards others - is it not? I believe interest in and understanding towards difference leads to tolerance of diversity.
Which brings me to the actual post. And that was just a pre-amble to STOP YOU COPYING!
If you were running a qualities shop, I would like to know which five of these qualities you would price up the most expensively and which three would be in the bargain bucket. (Click on it to enlarge.)
Go on. Pretty please.