When I was young, I remember looking up at a rainbow in the sky and wondering, "What lies beyond?" Visions of faraway lands filled my mind.
Many years later, I run a intercultural communications company. Words have always been my stock in trade, and to me there's nothing more marvelous. Ask a Japanese how many colors a rainbow has and they'll say seven. But in other countries they might say five or six. And some cultures only have words for two or three colors - all the rest simply don't exist.
As human beings, diversity is our greatest asset. And there's nothing more important than understanding each other's histories, societies, and cultures.
If birds can fly over the rainbow, as Dorothy sang, I believe we, too, can fly across cultural gaps.