Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Ethnocentricty - Building Bridges

Are you one of those that just watches from the fence? Keeping your life to yourself . . guarding yourself with the fence? Remaining ethnocentric . . . and

. . . as part of the crowd (hanging out with people only like you - culturalized like you) observing and judging and making conclusions about the "other" cultures that are different
. . . not like yours . . .

. . . thinking that because they are "different" and don't do life like you do life, or wear the clothes that you wear or worship God like you worship God - then you won't get close - you're better than they are so, out of your fear, you judge them in order to create and keep a division . . .
so that you don't have to deal with the differences . . .

. . . and then you never think of becoming a Bridge Builder . . . because you have made a judgment . . . because you only watch from the other side of the fence. . .

More on bridge building here and here and here and here.

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3 comments:

Bonnie said...

Wow !! Another great post ! I love the way you see these things in every day life !! An inspiration, that's what you are !

Melissa Messmer said...

Love it, Lylah - well done!

Melissa Messmer said...

Love it, Lylah - well said.