4 Lessons on Diversity I learned from watching The Lego Movie

4 Lessons on Diversity I learned from watching The Lego Movie

It’s been a time for deep introspection for many at Common Ground over these last few weeks as we’ve grappled with the Diversity series. If some of the other blog posts are anything to go by, it also hasn’t been easy.

Recently at Small Group we discussed with great fervor the different viewpoints around Diversity and also our, as the Church’s, role in this in reality. It was a great time, I came away challenged and excited for the future. (As a quick side-note, Small Groups are a perfectly positioned platform that allows the space to really work through some of these tough questions. I highly recommend you find out more here.)

It’s for this reason I felt a slightly less serious view on a very serious topic was in order.

Let me apologise in advance; there’s a pretty good chance by the end of this post you will have the theme song of The Lego Movie stuck in your head for many hours to come. Enjoy. Everything is AWESOOOOOME!!!

I have watched this movie more times that I would care to admit. In my defense, I have a four-year-old who received the DVD as a gift that he picked out himself. This was after him and I watched the movie at the cinema. This is my story and I’m sticking to it. If you haven’t watched the Lego Movie I’d highly recommend it. I’ll try not to give too much away. Just try not to watch it 63 times.

Here are four lessons on Diversity I learned from the movie:

You were never created to blend in

Emmet is the perfect Lego Guy. He blends in. He does the same thing day in and out and never lives life outside of President Business’s user manual .There’s only one problem with this scenario, nobody knows he exists!

It’s hard to standout when you live life the same as everyone else. When you go with the flow. You see, just like Emmet you were created for a purpose and until you intentionally pursue your purpose all you’ll do is blend in.

Our world would be so boring if we all looked alike, spoke the same and had no cultural differences. I once heard someone say, “We’re all born original but most of us die carbon copies.”

You are (The) Special

Emmet is The Special in the movie, the accidental hero who breaks out of the rut of mediocrity and saves the day. Yes, I have just described the potential storyline to your life. We need to celebrate what makes us different instead of allowing our differences to hold us back. More important, once we start celebrating what makes people around us different we empower them to reach their potential.

Change your view, change your world

Wyldstyle (who’s not a DJ) is everything Emmet is not. She’s vivacious and creative and lives her life swimming upstream. Have you ever noticed that people who make the biggest impact on society are people who are “different”. They have an out of the ordinary view of the world around them and they certainly have a different view of themselves. These people are secure in who they are, quirks and all.

You want to see our communities, work places and schools transformed? Change your view on the World. Step up to the plate and take a swing at it, you’ll be surprised at the difference you can make by changing your view.

Change is crucial for growth

The villain in the movie is President Business who hates change. So much so that he wants to stick everyone in Lego Land in place so that they stay in place. You don’t want to be That Guy.

Embracing diversity means embracing change.

Yes, change can sometimes make us uncomfortable and is often a difficult process but change is also a precursor to growth.

So what is it about change that makes people so uncomfortable? I think it’s the fear of the unknown. It’s in our nature to want to be in control over as much as possible. This begs the question, who’s in control of your life?

This post was written by
Dion is a fashion trend caster, husband to Vanessa and dad to Zachary and Olivia. He is a member of the Common Ground Durbanville congregation.

2 Comments on "4 Lessons on Diversity I learned from watching The Lego Movie"

  • Roger Wood says

    Dion you seem to be implying that being like some of these characters is wrong. You imply that we need to change and break out of our mould. Surely accepting diversity means that we need to be willing to accept people as they are and not demand that they change so they can be acceptable. Some of us are structured people and others unstructured. Some are creative, some extroverts and some introverts. My view is that god accepts me as I am a as the potter gently moulds me into the person he wants me to be.

    • Dion Govender says

      Hi Roger, thank you for taking the time to read the piece and engage. I hear your overall sentiment but I just wanted to point out that I’ve used polarised fictional characters to point to aspects of all our personalities. I’m sure you will agree that we can all relate to aspects of the different characters in relation to diversity. Personally, I’m working on being a little less like Batman but that’s a different post for another time (I do hope you’ve watched the movie or that attempt at a joke would make no sense at all)
      That’s the thing about diversity isn’t it? It’s such a deep layered topic further complicated by our experiences, culture and world view but I like the point you make regarding acceptance, I wholly agree.
      I hope everything is awesome?
      Dion Govender

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