Background: My name is Duncan, I’m 25, and I’m originally from South Jersey but now I live in Philadelphia.
Faith: I think that my faith lies more in people than it does outside sources.
Aspects of your life which have shaped your faith: Growing up I was always kind of surrounded by people who had a very good moral compass and I think that really influenced me to have a lot of trust in people doing the right thing and people doing good.
On inclusion: Inclusion is really important in our society because without it people wouldn’t be able to collaborate or share ideas and I don’t think that we’d be able to develop as a society as greatly as we would, if we excluded certain groups of people.
A time when you were excluded: Growing up in the suburbs of South Jersey, I always felt kind of excluded from a lot of other kids. I had a weird name growing up so kind of created barriers and also I was kind of a weird kid, I was bookish and other people were more loud, extroverted, and I don’t think that I really found my crowd ‘till I was older.
Overcoming exclusion: I’ve overcome that exclusion by surrounding myself with people who are more open, people who are kindlier and friendlier and have more in common with me. I think it’s easier to judge that as you get older and you know yourself better.
Advice for someone who is feeling excluded: My advice for somebody feeling excluded is to look within themselves and try to find strength within themselves first, and then try to find other people to communicate with and collaborate with.
Advice to the people doing the excluding: I’d say that they have to look at their reasoning behind why they are segregating a particular person or a community and try to figure out why they feel that way.
One thing to make the world a more inclusive place: In order to make this world a more inclusive place we have to be able to not judge others so harshly for their actions or for who they are as people.
“I think that in order to make this world a more inclusive place we have to be able to not judge others so harshly for their actions or for who they are as people.”
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