Is it really important to understand different cultures? Lifestyle

  • View author's info Author posted on May 16, 2005 13:14


    Why is it important to understand the differences in cultures of the world; or conversely, why it is not all that important?

    Is it MORE important to promote good values and good character worldwide, with more tolerance for other cultures, religion, etc. than spending time and money on culture education?

    Are some individuals, religions, and cultures just looking for a excuse to get angry, or create a crisis? Which?

    Or, any other discussion about cultures worldwide.
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  • View author's info posted on Dec 25, 2011 18:08


    I BELIEVE THAT IF MORE PEOPLE WOULD EVEN TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENT CULTURES WE WOULD NOT HAVE TO FIGHT SO MUCH FOR WORLD PEACE. TO KNOWING IT IS TO UNDERSTANDING IT AND TO UNDERSTANDING IT IS TO RESPECTING THEIR WAYS AND RESPECTING THEIR PEOPLE AS WE ASK OF OTHER CULTURS WHEN THE AMERICANS ARE BEING LEARNED BUY ANOTHER CULTURE.
  • View author's info posted on Jul 09, 2011 06:36


    If you don't care to know about other cultures that is fine of course. Just make sure that you don't believe in any false information about them, though.

    So think about all of the stereotypes that you have about Irishmen, Italians, Mexicans, Brits, Poles, Arabs etc. If you choose to believe any of these then you have a problem and you can't pretend that you don't need to study other cultures to become a better person.
  • View author's info posted on Jan 18, 2010 08:07


    I believe that a deep understanding of other cultures and their histories is fundamental for a greater sense of world peace. It's not that I disparage western civilization, but so often we push our cultural values and norms on others without regard to how it will affect the other society. And, moreover, many expect other countries (or those from other countries) to behave as we do. My best friend when I was young was muslim, and she preferred to wear her hijaab to school. So many girls told her she was 'downtrodden' and called her family terrible things. Few seemed to understand that for her, wearing her hijaab was a matter of modesty. Just as few women will walk around outside stark naked, so she would not be comfortable leaving the house without covering her hair.

    I think to push a global norm will ultimately mean pushing a western norm. We, as industrialized wealthy nations, seem to be prone to believing our system the best, the most moral. As a fan of moral relativism, I tend to disagree.
  • View author's info posted on Sep 05, 2009 21:16


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  • View author's info posted on Feb 23, 2007 09:07


    Well, in Texas we have to let the wagons and horses go first. Then the yankees have to clean up the mess they left. It's the law. Rodeo season is starting soon, so there are a lot of trail riders starting their ride, (and lots of busy yankees).

    lololol

    for pictures, search the net for this text and you should see a few.

    "The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo turns 75 this year, which means many, many photographs of the annual event are in our archives. We've pulled some of our favorites for a gallery.
  • View author's info posted on Nov 04, 2006 22:26


    If the birth rates are somewhat equal, you still could have a lot more men that women on the islands if more women left and more of the men stayed.
  • View author's info posted on Nov 04, 2006 04:45


    wwww1234 write:
    Why is it important to understand the differences in cultures of the world; or conversely, why it is not all that important?

    Is it MORE important to promote good values and good character worldwide, with more tolerance for other cultures, religion, etc. than spending time and money on culture education?

    Are some individuals, religions, and cultures just looking for a excuse to get angry, or create a crisis? Which?

    Or, any other discussion about cultures worldwide.

    Re:



    I don't think it is really necessary to understand other cultures but it is important to know that other cultures and countries develop there opinion about your cutltures based on what is presented to them. What they read and see through various media sources..
    Or what they are lead to believe through their parents and enviroment.

    Which is kind of scary, since media consider murder/war/politicsspecial interest groups are more important than what is going on every day in most peoples lives.

    I think it's important that people realize that when you meet someone from a different background/culture/country that you keep in mind, that you really are representing your own culture/country and how you would want others to view your culture/country.

    I tend to just accpet people for who they and try not to judge based on my own values.
  • View author's info posted on Nov 01, 2006 06:52


    With a population that young it looks most of them must leave after they are grown.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 27, 2006 23:16


    Do they know why there are so many more males than females are born? A large difference is really very abnormal.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 04, 2006 10:04


    more...


    NUTRITIONAL - drained biological output happens.

    DOG - i just sh*t in your shoe.

    CAT - dogs are s*it.

    MOUSE - oh sh*t, a cat!

    ACUPUNCTUARIST - hold still or this will hurt like sh*t.

    LAWYERS - for enough money i can get you out of sh*t.

    FREUD - sh*t is a phallic symbol.

    DESCARTES - i sh*t therefore i am.

    SHAKESPEAREAN - to sh*t or not to sh*t, that is the question.

    TREKISM - to boldly sh*t where no-one has sh*t before.

    OPTIMISM - sh*t won?t happen to me.

    SUICIDAL - i?ve had enough of this sh*t.

    AMISH - modern sh*t is useless.

    DARWINISM - survival of the sh*ttiest.

    PSYCHO-ANYLYSIS - tell me about your sh*t.

    CONSPIRACY THEORISM - THEY sh*t on us!

    MARXISM - you have nothing to lose but your sh*t.

    COMMUNISM - let?s share the sh*t.

    WICCA - you can make sh*t happen but sh*t will happen to you three times.

    ***********************************

    Did anyone get missed?? Let me know.

    hey, I didn't write this. Just having fun withU.
  • View author's info posted on Oct 04, 2006 09:55


    I guess this belongs here.It should offend everyone. lol

    EVERYBODY KNOWS SH*T HAPPENS:

    TAOISM - if you understand sh*t, it isn?t sh*t.

    HINDUISM - this sh*t happened before.

    CONFUCIONISM - confucious says ?sh*t happens.?

    BUDDHISM - sh*t will happen to you again.

    ZEN - what is the sound of sh*t happening?

    ISLAM - if sh*t happens, it is the will of allah.

    SIKHISM - leave our sh*t alone.

    JEHOVA?S WITNESS - knock knock. sh*t happens.

    ATHEISM - i don?t believe this sh*t.

    AGNOSTICISM - can you prove that sh*t happens?

    CATHOLICISM - if sh*t happens, you deserve it.

    PROTESTANTISM - sh*t happens, amen to that.

    JUDAISM - why does sh*t always happen to us?

    ORTHADOX JUDAISM - so sh*t happens, already.

    TELEVANGELISM - send us money or sh*t will happen to you.

    RASTAFARIANISM - let?s smoke this sh*t.

    HARE KRISHNA - sh*t happens rama rama.

    NATION OF ISLAM - don?t take no sh*t.

    NEW AGE - visualize sh*t happening.

    SHINTOISM - you inherit the sh*t of your ancestors.

    HEDONISM - i love it when sh*t happens.

    SATANISM - sneppah tihs.

    CAPITALISM - this is MY sh*t.

    FEMINISM - men are sh*t.

    EXISTENSIALISM - what is sh*t anyway?

    SCIENTOLOGY - if sh*t happens, see dianetics p.137.

    MORMONISM - excrement happens(don?t say sh*t).

    BAPTISM - we?ll wash the sh*t right off you.

    MYSTICISM - this is really wierd sh*t.

    VOODOO - sh*t doesn?t just happen, we made it happen.

    DISNEYISM - bad sh*t doesn?t happen here.

    SURREALISM - fish happens.

    CYNICISM - we are all full of sh*t.

    TANTRISM - fu-- this sh*t.

    HIP-HOP - motherf*ck this shiznat beeatch.

    STATISTICIAN - sh*t is 84.7% likely to happen.

    AMERICANISM - who gives a sh*t.

    ENVIRONMENTALISM - sh*t is biodegradable.

    FATALISM - oh sh*t, it?s going to happen.

    VEGETARIANISM - if it happens to sh*t, don?t eat it.

    MATERIALISM - whoever dies with the most sh*t wins.

    FAMILY GATHERING - relatives are sh*t.

    EINSTEIN - sh*t is relative.

    POLITICALLY CORRECT - internally proccessed,
  • View author's info Photo Verified Certified Millionaire in 2008 posted on Oct 01, 2006 10:53


    I think learning from each other and each other's cultures is the path to peace as long as we respect each other and everyone has the right to observe their cultural beliefs and traditions free from interference. This may be an incredibly naive and too optomistic US view since my generation grew up learning that America is a melting pot of cultures but it seems to work relatively well here. I cannot abide the idea that certain cultures believe theirs should be the only one and therefore, in order to show them respect, we must allow them to kill or harm those different from them. Example: (not the one you're thinking) so called pro-life supporters who kill doctors performing abortions are obviously not pro-life, they are anti-abortion. To be pro-peace is better than being anti-war. Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. understood this, many today do not. Violence begets violence because people are prone to reaction: first there is action then there is re-action.
  • View author's info posted on Jul 05, 2006 09:50


    Main attraction - Lots of fireworks. A few parades. Almost every town around here had a fireworks show and they could be seen for miles, plus the noise could be heard also. I think the largest fireworks show in the US was suppose to be in downtown Houston.

    I am sure the English also celebrated our independence from England. Who would want to have a colony today with so many troubles.

    lol
  • View author's info posted on Jul 05, 2006 00:15


    hey WWW,
    HOpe you are still alive and kicking..the summer is here and the US celebrated your Independent day..so what do Americans do or feel on such a day besides the fact that it is a public holiday with parades and all the razzmatazz, only the US knows how to do it in grand style?
  • View author's info posted on Jul 03, 2006 20:47


    This is a very interesting thread. I have learned a lot from Bonnie, Sharp, Minnie, etc.etc. It is best read by selecting oldest messages first, in order. Sorry that some posts have been deleted, but here is still a lot of good information here.

    New inputs are welcome. I am no longer a member and rarely post because of the time delay.

    wwww
  • View author's info posted on Mar 15, 2006 01:54


    everything will be important, if it is possible
  • View author's info posted on Oct 03, 2005 05:51



    EuropeanInLA write:
    I admit that I haven't read all the postings but one of the first post was in regard of the Belgian situation. As I do have the Belgian nationality, I think I'm allowed to say something about this matter.

    Belgium is a country with three communities (French, Dutch and German-speaking). These communities have another culture (values), another economy etc. And although it's not easy to live together, the Belgians manage to do so without the use of violent.

    This was done by giving each community the right to govern itself when it comes to cultural, and (some) economical matters.

    Indeed, this situation has resulted in a very complicated and expensive governmental structure (we do have 6 prime ministres) but without violence. This belgian-model is currently being implemented in Iraq, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Congo, Ireland and other countries.



    Because of that I also know that Belgians llike the Germans are natural linguists and speak several European languages. So how many do you speak?
  • View author's info posted on Oct 01, 2005 08:38


    I admit that I haven't read all the postings but one of the first post was in regard of the Belgian situation. As I do have the Belgian nationality, I think I'm allowed to say something about this matter.

    Belgium is a country with three communities (French, Dutch and German-speaking). These communities have another culture (values), another economy etc. And although it's not easy to live together, the Belgians manage to do so without the use of violent.

    This was done by giving each community the right to govern itself when it comes to cultural, and (some) economical matters.

    Indeed, this situation has resulted in a very complicated and expensive governmental structure (we do have 6 prime ministres) but without violence. This belgian-model is currently being implemented in Iraq, Cyprus, Yugoslavia, Congo, Ireland and other countries.
  • View author's info posted on Aug 18, 2005 08:30


    "We could learn a lot from crayons: some are sharp, some are pretty, some
    are dull, some have weird names and all are different colors. But they all
    have to learn to live in the same box."

    -- unknown
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