Culture.

Stereotypes.

They’re everywhere. They’re contagious. They’re dangerous.

We have them and we don’t even realize it. We fight them with political correctness and
then mistakenly create more in the process.

As an American abroad, I try my darndest not to hold onto preconceptions. Yes, I believe in some fundamental truths about humanity, but beyond those everything else is exploration.

A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.
Mahatma Gandhi

Every person I have met is a great conglomeration of their experiences and nation’s culture. Their family or closest friend’s culture. Every person has exceeded the stereotypes.

Through kindness.

Individuality.

Creativity.

With love.

Sometimes with fear.

People are never ever what we assume. Often, we ourselves are greater than our own expectations.

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Buddha

In the Bible, it says that humanity is made in the image of God, so don’t talk bad about it.

“9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”

Through my cautious journey of cultural exploration, I’ll aim to avoid stepping on anything sacred while experiencing all things new and wonderful.

Yet again, I invite you to be honest in your comments, suggestions, and interpretations. We’re all  students here.

 

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