Understanding Other cultures!

by Jude Christoper Roxas on 9th April, 2011 at 1:41 PM CEST

Culture does not only talk about the food that we eat, the dress that we wear and not just also about our language but it is a special recipe of everything that makes up ourselves that will eventually give spice and aroma to make the whole community stronger. 

I know that lots of us are already familiar about what “understanding other cultures” mean. But allow me to take you into a new way of presenting some ideas about the present situation of our cultures nowadays. 

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Understanding each other begins with understanding with ourselves 

If you don’t know your roots came, then how could you possibly share your culture into a wider range of global friendship? 

So when the time comes that you get to be invited for the CF Summits next year and for the future years to come for example, make sure that you know yourself well, let others see the gem inside you for it is through there that we can have a more meaningful get together of brilliant minded people, who came from different walks of life, but with minds working and hearts beating as one. 

Cultures accept changes. It is not static, it is dynamic. 

Because the way we value them matters the most. Don’t be afraid when some things change for a good reason. Since cultures are dynamic, we must then be open to changes for after all, the majority of people will surely think of them deeply that will surely preserve the value of their respective cultures. 

Cultures are readily available to connect with other cultures 

Our cultures will never get rich if it is only focused within the boundaries of our countries for example. They are like seeds that need many things like sunshine, water and soil. All three are three different things but they serve the same purpose of making it grow and be of more use to the everyone. 

Let us then be open to everyone and make the rainbows of other culture meet the colors of our culture and together, let us form a harmony of fresh meet-ups. 

Do not stereotype 

In all my cultural programmes that I attended, there is a single common thing that keeps on coming every time we share our thoughts about culture. Stereotyping is commonly termed as the serial killer of cultures, not because of the term alone, but with the ideas that will eventually come into our minds to conclude something that we don’t even know. 

These are just some of the things that we usually see in the media or everywhere. Well, if this is not a usual thing for you, then I tell you, this kind of things happen. 

There’s more to life than to live with stereotyping and making us blind about the beauty in others’ cultures. Now tell me, have you ever said that an apple pie tastes good even without having a bite of it? It’s like culture. You will experience that true beauty and meaning of it if YOU as a person learned to live with them with an open heart and taste every thing within it and I bet, you will really see the beauty of them. 

Learning with other cultures isn’t a one big dream and goal. It is a constant reminder that we are all here, celebrating not the differences that we have from each other, but rather, to celebrate at it’s highest peak the value of our diversity. 

Which part of your culture that you think will benefit the whole world if ever we will know something about it?

Share it to us and let’s have a small chat ;) Let’s keep on learning from each other and don’t be afraid to discover! 

And before i end this, let me challenge you all: 

"The CF Community is a home of thousands of people from all parts of the world! and with this Weekly Hot Topic, let us for a moment cut a debate-like atmosphere where we shoot out the pros-and-cons regarding a subject. Let us just share and be amazed with our cultures. Just share and learn from each other. Are you up for this challenge? I sure hope so" :) 

Hugs from the Philippines! 

Jude (Action Team #2, C:F Writer)

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Jovana Djurkovic

Jovana Djurkovic | Action team | CF Chapters

Hey Jude :) This is beautiful topic. I agree that C:F is not only competition, it is much more, and great opportunity to meet different cultures, so I am up for this challenge :)

Greetings from Montenegro!

10th April, 2011 @ 3:19 PM CEST

KEDEI INAH

KEDEI INAH

I love this topic and the part of my culture that I so much love about; is that We should be our brother's keeper because in the long run we are all from one ancestor and therefore are bothers and sisters.

Love from Nigeria, Cross River state.

10th April, 2011 @ 7:39 PM CEST

Vana Prewitt

Vana Prewitt | mentor

Thank you for bringing this to the attention of the C:F group. I know that Innovation Station is looking at a project that would work toward improving cross-cultural understanding at a young age. Who knows? Maybe such humans would be more loving, empathetic and less likely to war on each other. We can hope!

11th April, 2011 @ 5:04 AM CEST

Lyuba Guerassimova

Lyuba Guerassimova

just one note on stereotyping: stereotypes are how our brains sort information and are essential to our thought processes. also, they can be positive and negative. now, the problem comes when we act upon them, when they turn into prejudice - prejudice is not really amazing because once we have evoked a stereotype, acting blindly upon it makes us look as if we do not think. once we have the stereotype, we have to test it - that's the right approach :) so, prejudice -bad, stereotypes - not necessarily

11th April, 2011 @ 9:43 PM CEST

Afrah Zubair

Afrah Zubair | Action team

i really liked the statement, "Cultures accept changes. It is not static, it is dynamic." explains a lot about cultures and how to learn about them.
we need to reduce the barriers and take steps to interact with different cultures. and yes, stereotyping is big issue that hinders open communication.

12th April, 2011 @ 6:13 PM CEST

Marisla  Rivera

Marisla Rivera

At present there are many cultures of which we can learn and know! Challenge future because I like to share thoughts with others from around the world ....

21st April, 2011 @ 10:12 PM CEST

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