In America, we haven’t been holding back when it comes to insulting, criticizing or attacking other’s cultures. Especially right now – insults, verbal and physical attacks, ostracizing, ridiculing, calling others names, minimizing, demoralizing, belittling others.
Yet, every! single! human being! in this country and in this world, can stand on a stage in front of an audience and be recognized for being a member of some culture who has been the target of some other person or persons’ insults and attacks – being ridiculed, belittled and worse just for being who we are.
Yes. Every! single! human being!
We wake up in the morning being of that culture or group and we go to bed at night being a member of that culture or group, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year, year after year after year – being a member in any number of different cultures – everyone being in more than one culture.
We can never know what it is like to be someone else’s culture – because we are not their culture – we are our own. No one can know -if we’re not that culture – what it is like to wake up and go to bed, 7 days a week, year after year of being a part of a culture of which we are never going to be a member. Our own is not theirs, and theirs is not ours – for this entire life. (Even the metaphor for waking up in the morning and going to bed at night is part of one group, but not a part of other groups, because some people wake up in the evening and go to bed in the morning.)
The main point though is this – this experience of being targeted – with all the horrible parts of life which could come with it – is this the experience we want to give to others, from us? Do we want others to be targeted like we have been and do we want to be the ones who target them?
I believe inside myself that there is one thing that is certain – God loves variety – and so God creates variety. I know of no part of life in which there is no variety. Therefore, variety is exactly who and what we are. And we always will live being the immense variety which God loves.
“Blessed are they who love who and what God loves.” (The Rainbow Cards, ©, 2022, by Jodie Senkyrik)
I find it interesting that some people just are not willing to understand or even learn a little bit about others lifestyles. They just want to remain in their own bubble. But whatever, they have to want to learn, you can’t force them.
Yes, there is no forcing. There is only demonstrating the joy and benefits of outside the bubbles. Still, we all have our own bubbles in some way or other. As we look at our own, we can begin to understand some of the unwillingness. I, myself, live in the bubble of not enjoying eating liver, and don’t understand how anyone can enjoy eating it, but yet, many tell me that they do enjoy it very, very much. I haven’t figured out how to go beyond this bubble of mine, but then I’m not motivated to try very hard, either. Go figure. (Maybe I’m just a good example of holding onto the “not liking liver” bubble.:-)