I think that it’s extremely sad that people are finding more and more reasons to throw up the “this was done because I am …” and you can fill in the blanks yourself. There comes a time when we the people need to embrace our differences and not use them as an excuse to gain sympathy … empathy … or whatever! I choose my friends because of their intelligence, enthusiasm, courage, positive outlooks on life and willingness to listen/share! And—if they happen to be a different race than I am—well that’s an ADDED BONUS!
I totally agree. It's all a bunch of excuses, and no matter the race, nationality or religion, all of it is basically a lack of personal responsibility and morality.
I taught school for many years. It was then that I saw problems coming for kids of all races. The system began to allow them to misbehave and break rules with few if any consequences...thanks to all the do gooders in the world. What we have as a result, now, is a society that does not expect consequences and wants to blame everything on somebody else. You see it right here on HP...and we are all adults here.
If people don't wake up and learn civility and morality, this whole world will die off..it's happening already. Heartbreaking!
Celebrating one's differences has nothing to do with uniting anything. Even as you state there is a need to congregate with like minded individuals. It would then be more in keeping to celebrate what we have in common. If there are differences then that should be a side note and accepted as part of the whole person.
I believe that celebrating one's differences as a lot to do with it. If I ate mashed potatoes and eggs every day I would soon learn to despair but every time I added variety to the meal it would give me that extra lift. I can understand your point of view but perhaps it should be share without totally disclaiming the views of others.
But the crux of the matter is that celebrating a difference is in effect distinguishing apart from rather than relating too. It is fine to be different and have respect for the differences between yourself and others but to relate to each other on the same level is what binds and not separate. If I ate mashed potatoes and eggs I could truly relate to your penchant for them. We would have a common thread. But if I ate french fries and bacon how could that relate or help us really know the other?
I don't mean celebrating in the general sense perhaps the term I am looking for is respect or appreciate it. As far as liberty is concerned we are equal but there are distinct differences in our character and practices. When the Europeans came to America they considered the Native Americans as savages. This was because they equated their practices with their own. But in reality they were different and because of their environment their customs required a different lifestyle.
Understanding the unique culture, dialect and heritage is what I mean when I refer to "celebrating" and not in any other sense.
I accept your explanation and definition. My only take was to distinguish what binds us and not separate. America is made up of so many diverse cultures, languages and races that if we were to become a respecter of all of the differences we would very quickly drift apart and begin criticizing and blaming others for all its woes. We all have a love of family, security, community and opportunity. When any one of those principles is compromised we should be alarmed and united in rectifying it.
I understand your generalization but I would believe that some of us would be able to appreciate those differences and not totally "count them out." True, there are some customs that I don't necessarily agree with but I just move on. I suppose there are some people who have not "evolved", so to speak, to that phase of development but that is their unfortunate state of affairs. As long as there is no violation of a person's liberty, no threat to the safety of the country or a community, and it doesn't impose sanctions that are in violation to the right to worship then I am not in conflict. I suppose that my method of thinking has become less cynical since I have gotten older. I find life much to precious to look for the negative.
There is nothing negative in my depiction either. As a matter of fact it goes farther. You can never appreciate another's feelings or frailties unless you live in their skin. So why not find common ground to celebrate. My indications of love of family etc. is just the tip of what people have in common and should celebrate. No two people can agree on cultural, racial or religious controversies so why make it a point of celebration. Instead look to the good and relate to what we do share. I too have mellowed with age but we all like to live in harmony at some point in our lives.
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