I want to believe I have become a better person through encountering the differences of others. Over and over again. Sometimes knowingly and purposefully. More often unexpectedly. Frequently with great reluctance and resistance. Sometimes with wonder, appreciation, and interest; other times kicking and screaming in protest. Always resulting in a deepened sense of who I am, if not a heightened respect for my limitations. Ideally increased understanding and acceptance, of those who are not like me.