Thursday, February 09, 2012
Stopping Me Dead in My Tracks!
I ran into someone recently who has lived in Mexico for several years. In our conversation this person said, "You know I have a really hard time relating to the people of Mexico because I feel that their culture is so inferior to ours in the USA".
You can imagine how hard I had to fight to control my impulse to knock this person to the ground. I took a deep breath and commented that that was a shame and that possibly it would be helpful for this person to become educated about the history and beauty of the culture. A blank look came back to me.
Then, in an attempt at being civilized, I told him several stories of why I feel the culture is gentile and far more cultured then the US's because of many reasons. One being the longevity of the culture versus the USA's. And then I began to tell this person of many stories to illustrate some of these things that I have personally experienced.
It soon became apparent that this person was not only not listening, but that no matter what I said, their viewpoint was their viewpoint, sadly.
Those comments have rolled and rolled around in my head for several days. It is beyond my understanding why someone would live in a country that they didn't respect the people. Much to my dismay, this person isn't the only person I've come across who issues forth with the same old, same old statements about crime, corruptness and uneducated masses.
It somewhat reminds me of growing up in Louisiana where the same old things were said about the blacks. I don't understand why some people have to feel superior over another group of people, whoever they are.
Can't we all just get along? What happened to learning about other cultures and embracing the differences and learning from them. Sheesh, it drives me crazy.