Originally posted by sanchoearlyjones
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
You mention celebrating differences. I live between Montana, Central America, and Mexico. I travel a lot. Any ways the first few months out of the
USA were horrid.
It took me several months to go past hating the Latin culture before I started liking it. The differences in overall culture are immense, but the
basics of necessary life, and relationships are similar.
The Elite count on the differences, perceived differences, or intolerance of another culture to fuel their created, and necessary wars.
All We need to do is learn to be tolerant, and understand the vast differences in culture, society the World over; things will change
[edit on 20-9-2009 by sanchoearlyjones]
Once upon a time when Dinosaur Rock ruled the land I played in a band based out of Billings. Livingston Montanna is one of my favorite places in the
world. What a fun little town.
I married a Mexican woman years later when I lived in Los Angeles, and live today in Miami. Miami is home to Cubans, Columbians, Nigaruagans,
Venezuallans, Hatians, Russians, even a few Ashians, and since it's full of ans...even me an honest to goodness born in America, American!
It took a long time just to learn the cultural traits of most Miamians as they are well not really common ones anywhere.
I found it very frustrating at first because in the North Eastern Culture life revolves around tipping and buying service.
For Caribbean peoples trying to buy better service with a tip is considered an insult! They don't see themselves as being for sale that cheaply or
Yet in time I found out a cup of Icecream goes a lot further to gaining a waiters attention and respect on a hot summers day than a picture of Jackson
I found out that a gift on a waitresses birthday of an English to Spanish Pictionary goes a lot further than a picture of Franklin or Washington.
I found that bending over to pick up something some one else dropped as a gesture of kindness was recieved kindly.
I found slowing down and asking names, and where are you from, and where is your family, and what are your dreams in life made me FRIENDS.
I found out Friends get lots of attention and great service and lots of respect too.
In fact better attention and more attention and better service and more respect than mere money could buy.
It's good to have friends.
It's great to make friends.