Sunday, October 16, 2011

Embracing Other Cultures

 Daybreak at Peaceful Forest this morning!

Yesterday for some reason, I started reading some sites online that portray us Americans in quite a different light than I know us to be. The comments on the site were things like, "I hate Americans." "I hate them because of their attitude." "Americans are wasteful." Now I ask you, how can someone group us all together, and make a statement like that? One thing that comes to mind, is they don't know any Americans, or met the wrong ones. We are not cookie cutter Americans. Not anymore than whatever country you are from. They seem to imply that we are ALL wasteful, have a lot of money and live on fast food (due to so many being overweight). Well, international just ain't so!

Never waste garden produce!

Now are we ALL wasteful? No. I belong to a few homesteading forums, and one of the topics that generates a lot of discussion is how to recycle, frugal cooking, growing your own food, sewing, preserving your own food, raising livestock for food and dairy products............even how to build your own home and generate your own utilities. So how can you group us in a lump, and say this is what we are ALL like? The writer, like so many other people, make assumptions based on some Americans, but not ALL Americans!

Animals are expected to go after each other!

To me, this is just an example of why people of all races, nationalities, religions and economic classes cannot get along. Someone always has to be the top dog. The better one. Why does that have to be? The Bible says we are supposed to not judge each other, and love each other unconditionally. I know for me, one of the best things that has happened as a result of the internet interaction with people worldwide, is that I have come to know people in other other countries. People from different backgrounds than me. People with other points of view on many things, such as customs, lifestyle, religion and politics. I love it! And especially them! 

"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

I have some friends that I have never met face to face, but consider them my closest friends. In fact, I talk to my online friends more than to my own family. From California, Hawaii, Alaska, to Texas, Virginia, all the way to the state of the world! It is endless. Such special people to get to know in a way that was never possible before. A way to make friends, beyond our governments. To know what they are really like, instead of as a tourist, throwing down some bucks for an overpriced vacation. Or reading propaganda written about them.

 My grandparents came from Poland

What about you? Do you embrace the world? Or judge them by what you were taught in school or your parents told you? I was lucky in that way. My own family came from other countries. My grandparents all spoke other languages at home. So it has been easy for me to accept everyone and not judge them. In fact, I find I want to know them more. I have been studying two countries lately due to two of my treasured friends, one from Germany, and the other from Australia. I love both of them! They inspired me to want to know more about their countries. I spent some time yesterday reading about the German people and customs. Very interesting! I am learning something new and I love it. I may not be able to travel in person anymore, but I can travel across the internet anytime.

Copyright © 2011 Kathleen G. Lupole

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