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Cultural differences. They should amuse and bring appreciation.

Updated on April 13, 2013

His favorite climbing tree

He lived some times in this tree.
He lived some times in this tree. | Source

Careful what you stereotype.

Cultural differences are just between races. Cultural differences are not just between ages or geography. Cultural differences are not just between countries or genders.

I know a man who has lived in five countries and in very different parts of the USA. He once was married to a big city debutante. And later married to a Southeast Asian lady and in between a Newenglander and a Pueblamo he had proposed to.

Those cultures were as foreign to him as hell is to a good angel.

The boy grew not wearing shoes until 5 only soft moccasins or barefoot before. By manhood he had spent nearly as many nights outdoors as in. He lived in the high, 7,000 ft mountain area about the Grand Canyon. He went to a high

school of under 1,000 and a third of those bused in Navajo and Hopi. He really liked to fight, win or lose. He liked horses and dogs much more than people.

So what culture did he belong to?

Even teeth were expendable to this boy

Sorry the picture of the boy had to be removed
Sorry the picture of the boy had to be removed

Debutante?

How the heck does a runt cowboy like this guy wind up with a Big City Debutante?; Dumb luck I reckon. The young man did a working stint in France where he met a gal named Michelle, yes when the Beatles were playing about a Michele my bell. Her pappa hated the brash cowboy hat and boot wearing American. It was not meant to be. The young man got an offer to snow ski race back in the US and he took it. To pay bills he instructed (adjutunct professor in physical education/ snow skiing) Here he was handsome, well spoken and a brave and daring speed racer. Too bad for the maidens that he knew. But then came the debutante. And he lassoed himself a prize.

It would appear that his momma had groomed him just so with culture and reading and high faluting, silver and cut glass dinners with leading town folk. The young man had already travelled Europe and the Americas to some extent and knew such places as the Louvre, St Peters and Fjiordes, Marseilles and Berlin.

So he also adapted to tuxedo dinners and a pinky sticking out from Champagne. He could deal in French, Navajo, English and Spanish along with some Latin.

What obedience to what Presidente are you bound?

He bonded with an interesting man.
He bonded with an interesting man. | Source

Life Crashed world. The Debutante with family money divorced him after 13 years.

The man jumped into international work representing Chinese and Taiwanese in Mexico. He fell in with this group who obeyed Carlos Salinas de Gortari.

At a Presindential Ball by a former Governer General, his heart was thrown under the feet of the Lady of the Moment. The daughter of the Supreme Court. We called her Anita.

The passionate wild love affair ended without the marriage that was planned but a loss of election and an expulsion from the country.

They man went to New England. Where he worked for Dartmouth and taught youth

Relief came but the Gal from Boston waned. She went into a place of recluse and he returned to the SouthWest USA.
Relief came but the Gal from Boston waned. She went into a place of recluse and he returned to the SouthWest USA. | Source

These folks took him and groomed him to be Vietnamese.

It was willingly that the man became a rather famed expert on Vietnam. A big old white guy who fought in the war, became the American friend of rulers of one of the last communist countries on Earth.

And the woman there that loved him so, was not friend. They were business adversaries. She born in the war and him a very strange man. Two years and four months later they were married and now have a half breed son.

The man says this: I once say a butterfly, and that was a butterfly to me. Then I saw a different butterfly and they were both butterflies to me. And then another and another. The greatest gift I ever received was love. I do hope that which I gave was love.

Let it be known

The man who loved so much is loved so much. While differences are hard for others, they are not for him. The women in this story just could not handle the difference.

The man now preaches to those who are different.

Let life bring us together. Our parents may teach us a bias, so it is our job to overcome it.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Akriti you would be most welcome around here. We live in a richly diverse area with all groups having a wonderful freedom to express and celebrate who they are. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment.

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      Akriti Mattu 

      3 years ago from Shimla, India

      I have always maintained my stance on differences. I feel differences need to be respected, even celebrated. Voted up :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi Mona, thank you for coming by and leaving a note. I am very happy that you found this piece and enjoyed it.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      Oh my, I was looking for something to laugh about before sleeping, and I ended up with this wonderful piece of inspiration. Well done, EricDierker:).

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you for writing such an insightful comment. It would seem there is truth in what you say.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Working in different countries make us acutely aware of differences but this doesn't mean our prejudices go. Sometimes, they get reinforced even further.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you askformore, I do think immersion in other cultures allows us to look at people more closely and get by differences more quickly.

    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 

      3 years ago

      I enjoyed to read your hub, and while reading it I couldn't help it but thinking of my own life. I have lived in many different cultures and countries, on 4 different continents. I believe that my life has it easier for me to understand and participate in Intercultural Communication.

      Thank you, and thumbs up for your hub!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you much Lady for coming by and visiting. Diversity is awesome and I do celebrate it.

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      Debra Allen 

      4 years ago from West By God

      Oh this was beginning to sound like the book Job: A Comedy Of Justice. Yes sir you are right about teaching about other cultures and that they are good no matter what they are.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am sorry to be a bias bastard but you all out there in Georgia, raise my love for life. Today that Southern will and glory raised above self is truth and the love we need to overcome.

      My wife was born in a civil war and they say her part lost. Well Saigon/HCMcity did not. And nobody loses when good women stand for good notions.

      I am not worthy to speak further on the matter.

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      And that you are a warrior for others is what gives you strength to prevail. I wish more people understood that courage, bravery, and honor are not a result of having no fear, but of choosing to act anyway in spite of fear.

      Please do not fall upon your petard, although is a lovely and chivalrous image. We need you unpetarded! A new verb form! I tickle my own self. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Theresa, I am the most scared warrior you can imagine. I am so scared that I even worry if I look good fighting.

      And so I am taught that it is not me. And not my cause but ours together and if do not do that justice I should not leave that field but fall upon my own petard. e to my Lady!

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I am all for ripping into corporations. Most of them more than deserve it. Good for you! And for all of us....you are our steady and valiant warrior. :)

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi honey bunny Theresa,

      You do not need to be on time with me. Love has no bounds of time. But at this time ---- this message brought more love into my heart. Now please I am going to get my gatorade, tea and soda water beverage and go off on AT&T or what my son calls A pee and pee. So go easy as I rip a corp a new asshole.

    • phdast7 profile image

      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Dear Eric - How did I miss this wonderful hub, entrancing story, important reality? Of course I miss way too much all the time and you are astoundingly prolific! Every time I finish a single hub, you have raced through 15 or 20. :) We cannot have too many cultural experiences, the more exposure to other people and their cultures, the better. It enlarges us as people. Great essay. Hope all is well. Theresa

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vespawolf, as I self critique I realize they come out ok when I have fun doing them.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This teaches a very thought-provoking lesson on accepting differences and even embracing them. This man is certainly an example of that. I enjoy your writing style and the way you tell stories!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Here is a fun one Rose, My wife is from very tropical southern Vietnam. I am from very cold 7,000 feet elevation. In Vietnam if you allow a tree with dead leafs or no leafs to remain it is very bad luck. She is beside herself here in the winter. Perhaps we will glue some leafs around next fall.

      Thank you for the read and nice comment.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for this important message on cultural differences. I think we could learn from one culture to the next and overcome all the barriers. I should know I am an American Latvian. Born and raised in NYC and now live in Riga, Latvia. Adopted both ways of life and was raised in American and Latvian societies. I am richer for it. Passing this on.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I must say Eddy that my writing always improves when I take a walk in one of your wonderful hubs.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Please Lastheart, Sing it Loud and Sing it Clear and Sing it often, I would much rather sing with you than alone. It requires different voices to make a pleasing Choir.

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      Eiddwen 

      5 years ago from Wales

      Brilliant Eric.

      Eddy.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 

      5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I started a hub about cultures, and when I read this one I thought...I should delete mine, there is nothing new under the sun... but you know what? I will finish it. We are all different and so same. Thanks for letting me know that my ideas can be conceived and given birth from so far away. Lol, I don't know if you understand my point. Blessings!

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I do reckon that those who showed up here. Are all wildly different. There it is. We do not love one another for who our parents were, but for what our hearts expose. You are the wind beneath my wings.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      CriSp, Oh let me say that your revelations through your work with travellers has helped me to see more clearly. The space between cultures is so small.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      My Lady MrsBrownsParlour We are learning together on this walk and I much appreciate your company.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Billy. There are differences in this writing culture. Thank you for bringing them alive for us all.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      The man started living life in one set of culture, found out he was adopted and had a different culture. He embraced them rather than rejecting them. You are beacon. This man only a visitor.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      ChitrangadaSharan, You bring your culture to me in your writings. You share a part of what is uniquely you with me. For you, you should travel, for me, you should let me travel to you in your words. Namaste.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Lovely Resemay, That is it. You are the catalyst of love and understanding. While my time in your wonderful country is limited I found peace there among peaceful people.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      5 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      MsDora, I chase and track the Hawk and Eagle because that is how my heart soars with so many blessings. And you are one of them.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful story and I must say, you kept the interest alive from start till end. I was just wondering, is it you. I admire and respect every culture. I have visited few countries and knowing about their traditions and culture has been very enriching. Human beings, all over the world have the same kind of emotions---they are happy, when others are happy and sad, when others are suffering. This is most important, other things can be worked upon.

      Thanks for sharing this interesting story!

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      Rosemary Sadler 

      5 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      What an interesting story of the young man who took on what ever life handed him and was brave enough to handle it.

      Yes our parents teach us bias but it is our choice not to continue that single mindedness.

      I have lived in 4 countries and visited many others. As long as we accept that others are just people like us with different traditions and way of life, we are all the same at heart with the same emotions. It is interesting and fun to learn how other people live.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a cultural ride for that man. I guess his life is richer and fuller because of all those changes. God is so able!

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      Bill Holland 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love cultural differences. I just wish I could travel to learn from other cultures in their setting. Great message here my friend, and thanks for posting earlier before my bedtime. :)

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      Lurana Brown 

      5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      "Let life bring us together. Our parents may teach us a bias, so it is our job to overcome it." I agree and enjoyed reading your take on this through your warm-hearted storytelling. :-)

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      CrisSp 

      5 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What profound thought on our differences (and indifference) as human being and our susceptible nature of judging and being judgmental.

      "Let life bring us together" - easier said than done and all depending on the circumstances but why not? We can all make a difference by simply embracing our differences.

      What a story of life, love, lost and back to finding oneself again (at least for the young man).

      Pleasure reading it. Thank you .

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