There is such a thing as civil discourse in our world. In fact, we can certainly disagree with each other and still be friends. I, myself, am friends with many people I vehemently disagree with. Of course, certain things that may be against our moral character can cause great conflict. For example, there are many horrible people in society, past and present, whom I would never be friends, or associate, with. My point is that a simple disagreement in most instances is not a reason for incivility.
Travel can open up so many horizons. Go far and go often. There is such a big world out there to see, so please do not stay in your own little cubby whole. I must warn you though, the travel bug is quite strong. once you get it, there may be no escape, no cure. Tread softly. It's okay though, I cant think of a funner illness to have.
Wake up every with a purpose; spend your day being productive; end your day feeling satisfied. If you are busy taking action, you often don't have time to worry.
I hear people mention how they can no longer live without something and they don’t know how they ever made do without it. Guess what? You once did, and you can once again. This puts the term “ignorance is bliss” in perspective. Not knowing how something feels, means you can’t miss it.
Ever wondered why many people in third world countries can be happy, even with so little? They don’t know what they’re missing and that can be a great thing. We should learn to be happy with what we have, while still striving to be better.
There seems to be a new group of people out there, and I like to call them Cultural Appropriation Warriors. These are the folks who are against cultural appropriation, or the adoption of particular cultural practices by outside groups. They feel that anything involving their own culture should never escape their own inner circle. These are some of the most close-minded people I have ever heard of.
Recently, there were particular dances and genres of music which have been inherent to people of African American culture, that created a firestorm among some of the individuals who felt that it should never leave their own cultural practices. Meaning, people of different races should not use these particular art forms in their own work. Instead of being proud, they were filled with disgust.While I can understand being upset if something of your own culture is being disrespected and made a mockery of, the notion that no one outside of one's own race has the right to it, is simply ignorant and short-sited. How far will we take this? Should I be upset that yoga, which is inherent to my own home country of India, has been adopted by non Indian people and become a worldwide phenomenon? As I travel the world, can I not enjoy the multitude of culinary flavors? Can I not learn to cook the foods of other countries? If I am watching a traditional dance of a distinct culture, may I not choose to take interest and learn it myself? Should I never travel? Should I never teach anyone about my own culture?
These questions may seem ridiculous, but to some, it seems to be the natural course of their thought processes. One day we will wake up and just be in our own little boxes, surrounding ourselves with people who only think like us, act like us and look like us. The beauty of this world is that we are a multitude of cultures coming together, creating an amalgamation of beautiful societies. Yes, I understand there is much conflict in this world related to this as well. For now, I choose to look at the positive.
When we think of particular cultural practices, while they are often associated with a particular race or ethnicity, there is no hard line definition that it cannot be taken out of some imaginary box we put it in. In doing so, we limit the amalgamation of ours and other peoples' cultures and don't allow them to create a beautiful melting pot. We don't allow diversity to flourish.
Why must we also paint ourselves and others into some preconceived portrait depicting a set stereotype. While I understand that stereotypes exist and are often true, automatically placing them on people we don't even know is just ludicrous. We hear statements like: This person does not act black enough, not hispanic enough or not Asian enough, etc. I, myself, have been told that I do not act like an Indian guy and should do so. Sorry that I don't clasp my hands together, bow my head and speak in an Indian accent while wearing traditional Indian garb and some sort of head dress. Surprise! Not actually sorry. If this is what you are expecting of me, then you will be sadly disappointed.
What does it even mean when telling someone that they don't act like their race? A person is supposed to act a certain way based on their race? How about we simply act like the people we are on the inside and not base it on the color of our skin or where we come from. That sounds pretty good to me.
The people who place all of us into our own bubbles like this are the true dividers in this world. They create strife, hatred and problems where they don't need to exist. If you feel this way; if you are against cultural appropriation, then just go back into your own solitude and isolate yourself from the rest of us as we continue to love, embrace and spread all of our cultures around the world. If you believe this is a problem, then YOU are the problem. Excuse me now, while I enjoy my Mediterranean dinner, with Italian dessert, a Mexican beer, and end my night watching a great American comedy.
A stereotype is basically a fixed image or idea of a particular person that people have, often times based on superficial outlooks. We all are guilty of stereotyping, and I certainly put myself into that category. We have certain preconceived notions about how people may behave, what they may or may not enjoy, what they eat and so on and so forth. These stereotypes often are bigoted towards a certain group, sometimes a simple misunderstanding, and sometimes they are completely true. For example, a particular group or race may be more attracted to a certain type of food, music, genre of movies and lifestyles, etc. Stereotyping is often not the result of being mean spirited, but rather certain mindsets that may be ingrained in us. It is important for us to realize that it is often in our nature to stereotype an individual/s, we should all do our best to get to know someone before coming to conclusions about them.
I, myself, have been stereotyped, and have stereotyped other people. I have come to realize that it is very important to get to know someone before you make judgements about them, whether it is regarding their race, culture, gender, clothes and so on. I will discuss my particular background and the stereotypes I have dealt with in my own life. I am of East Indian descent and am the son of hard working Indian immigrants. People certainly had a lot of preconceived notions about me. Often times, people did not know what to make of me. They did not understand the origin of my name, nor anything about my culture. At the time, there were not very many Indian people where I was growing up. The population has certainly increased now and people are more aware of Indian culture. This is certainly a great thing and more people have become aware of the beauties of Indian culture. This, in turn, has certainly increased the number of stereotypes.
As I walk around the globe, people expect me to be a certain way. They expect that I will like a certain type of food, choose a certain type of career or marry a certain type of person. They believe all of this without getting to know me first. Just for the record, I am happily married. A lot of the ideas people have about me come from a certain cartoon character who was very popular in the 90s, just when I was happening to grow up. I heard my share of jokes, and as long as they just left it at that, it was OK. Harmless jokes never really offended me, but if it went further into hatred or violence, then there was a problems. Luckily, I have never been the victim of violence based on my race.
I say all of this not because of anger, but to make people aware that stereotypes do exist, but we do not have to follow them, nor expect them in other people. As individuals, we are all unique in our own way. Our background may be a driving force in our lives, but it does not have to rule our whole lives. We do not have to act or think in a certain way simply because of our race, gender, class or background. We must not let stereotypes take over out thought process. Get to know people for who they are, instead of making assumptions based on more superficial thoughts. We can all learn so much from each other and about each other.
what images inspire you to go after your goals? Think about what your vision of success would be.
if your goal is to be great at something, do it Daily. Whatever time you can devote to something, do it. Even if it is just for a few minutes, do it. It is better than doing nothing. A small amount of progress is still progress.
If if you don’t devote yourself to your goals regularly, you won’t get closer to them.
My full name is Ankit Shukla. I have been a RN for over six years. I am pursuing my dream of motivational speaking. I speak of the better life because we can all have a better life. I would love to help you!