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The US is the great melting pot.
Pretty much all aspects of American life is influenced by or a part of some other culture's language, traditions, foods, holidays-festivals-celebrations. Even behaviors & world views of multiple ethnic communities have impacted US cultural thinking.

I think the majority of the American citizens' actions or attitudes concerning the impact we may have abroad are unintentional, naive & sadly ignorant of the unwanted influence we seem to be imposing. The mere fact that we are a conglomerate of culture may make us a little more accepting of new ideas & less aware of strongly held traditions in other countries.
Without this knowledge about us, other countries may simply misunderstand our actions or intentions.

I question whether this kind of exclusionist mentality will be able to adapt to the one world direction of international commerce & community.
Posted 11/11/09

farmbird wrote:

The US is the great melting pot.
Pretty much all aspects of American life is influenced by or a part of some other culture's language, traditions, foods, holidays-festivals-celebrations. Even behaviors & world views of multiple ethnic communities have impacted US cultural thinking.

I think the majority of the American citizens' actions or attitudes concerning the impact we may have abroad are unintentional, naive & sadly ignorant of the unwanted influence we seem to be imposing. The mere fact that we are a conglomerate of culture may make us a little more accepting of new ideas & less aware of strongly held traditions in other countries.
Without this knowledge about us, other countries may simply misunderstand our actions or intentions.

I question whether this kind of exclusionist mentality will be able to adapt to the one world direction of international commerce & community.

Not unless they ended up becoming the rulers of the world. But then again how could they even tolerate each other by being who they are? When exclusionary action is the practice of intolerance.
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Not unless they ended up becoming the rulers of the world. But then again how could they even tolerate each other by being who they are? When exclusionary action is the practice of intolerance.


Rulers of the world.????????
I guess I had more of a cooperating among nations for commerce idea in mind ( it's really coming to that anyway), & no one particular nation as being in charge or dominating others.

If it were truly a matter of financial profit within any country w/ capitalists tendencies, then I suppose any holiday or cultural practice could be tolerated.

There will always be conservative purists in any given setting.

Trick? or Treat?
Posted 11/11/09

farmbird wrote:


DomFortress wrote:
Not unless they ended up becoming the rulers of the world. But then again how could they even tolerate each other by being who they are? When exclusionary action is the practice of intolerance.


Rulers of the world.????????
I guess I had more of a cooperating among nations for commerce idea in mind ( it's really coming to that anyway), & no one particular nation as being in charge or dominating others.

If it were truly a matter of financial profit within any country w/ capitalists tendencies, then I suppose any holiday or cultural practice could be tolerated.

There will always be conservative purists in any given setting.

Trick? or Treat?

How about tricking those conservative purists with the promise of treats? Say something like we'll leave them alone if they promise to be tolerant to us.
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