Career Ecology

Wolf : Diversity is Life

Diversity is Life

Diversity and cooperation are essential to the proliferation of life on this planet. According to the Biomimicry Institute (which is dedicated to empowering people to create nature-inspired solutions to solve problems) nature's reslience is reliant upon its capacity to draw upon wide and vast life forms that have found highly evolved ways to collaborate. Imagine, where would we be without flowers and bees doing their fertility dance?

The natural world is completely reliant upon diverse organisms interelating and that is what Wolf is here to show us. The message? We humans either embrace our diversity and cooperate, or we're doomed to suffer. So, there it is. Embrace diversity, or suffer – or perhaps even die. This is our over sized "why". This is where Wolf would have us begin. In the space of necessity. In the space of integrate or collapse.

Here is an inspired example of what happened when wolves were reintroduced to the Yellowstone Park in 1995. They single handedly saved an ecosystem just by virtue of their authentic presence and balancing effects in the whole.

Your Temperament is Diversity in Action

When you began your epic journey with Career Ecology, we invited you to take the Four Temperaments Quiz by Psychometrics. This is a free online test that offers a glimpse into the four temperaments as first determined by Hippocrates and Ancient Greek medicine. If you haven't taken it yet, click on the link above (it will take you just 5 minutes).

Considering each other's base temperaments is a wonderful place to begin when encouraging and celebrating diversity. In our busy society, we tend to celebrate extroversion at the expense of introversion. But, as you will see as we explore the whole ecosystem of us, we'd be lost without our poets, or philosophers, our deep feelers. We thrive out of the conscious appreciation and encouragement of diversity.

The four temperaments make a whole. In planning an event, working as a team, forming a band, growing a garden and much more, we see the greatest achievements made out of systems that are whole. Take a look at this illustration of a fully functioning ecosystem. It is fully expressive of all four temperament. Where do you fit in? Are you buzzing about the social butterfly? Or are you hard at work in the dirt getting stuff done? Or do you bring the rain or the fire?

Bees: Sanguine (air)

Sun/Rain/Moon: Choleric (rain maker)

Soil Creatures: Phlegmatic (earthen)

Molten Center: Melancholic (fire)

Diversity Makes Us Whole

Let's play with what diversity looks like in your life. Go ahead and download the worksheet and contemplate the various examples given where nature, people, groups all show up to support a piece of the whole. The final two rows are for you to contemplate and answer as it relates to your own personal ecosystem, or inner circle.

Note: For the practice, you can select from your current family, close circle of friends, work group, family of origin, etc., any group that includes at least three people who interact closely.

Additional Download: Provided for your reference is also a summary for each temperament to help you assess where others in your inner circle may fall.

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