Take Time to Know Someone Else
The mysteries of our world’s history can easily pull anyone into the topic. Each country or culture has a story or legend about some mysterious event or person. Around the stronger and long-lived mysteries, the legendary histories become part of our myths and slow become something beyond any evidence that is presented. The Western civilizations presented stories of great sky gods that came forth and conquered the chthonic powers. Mostly, it was an assertion of a patriarchal system over the primitive notions of a matriarchal belief.
Each culture that comes into existence finds a way to explain the core principles of the society through legends and mysteries. Native Americans have a long tradition of legends that they pass along in the oral traditions. This method has a tendency to alter some of the details, but the firm core of these principles is locked in place. It is the character of the culture and how we outsiders relate to them as a group or as individuals. A group of people are the sum of all their parts.
It is from this topic of mysteries and legends that the idea of cultural stereotypes is pulled. In the U.S., each state has its own customs, protocols, and traditions. The country as a whole has its customary reputation to the world and the viewed traditions. At the local community level, the structure becomes even more constricted to a view. Yet, we are all individuals who seek to stand out in the crowd. We are also all human beings.
Given all this, it is quite curious that we instantly have a stereotype in our head. I am sure that this is true in many countries around the world. One town down the road may have had a foolish person perform some unwise act and since we don’t take the next step to learn about the rest of the community, we immediately assume that all the members of the community have the same mindset. That town is full of fools and should be avoided.
No one can claim complete innocence to this reaction because we all have a tendency to categorize other groups without learning who they really are. Not even this author can claim complete innocence. However, we are capable of learning that this may come naturally from our experience or environment; it is not something that must become the judgment of our interaction with a group or person based on this response. We look to the soul of the person and learn about them.
It should be considered that all this that it is the mark of a great person who can overcome the instinctive response and control how they act. It is a greater mark for one who can create a true habit from this control. Human beings have reached a level of sentience that gives us the ability to think before we leap.
It is within all human beings to seek the answers of the mysteries and legends. The stories are not always factual, but they do have a gleaming core of knowledge hiding in the tale. It is essential that the decisions that are made and the instincts that are adjusted are based on the background of the person or group. Ignorance and intolerance will eagerly appear and fog the mind. Become a pupil of cognizance and liberality.
Remember, no matter our background, genetic makeup, or legends, we are all human beings with all these gifts. No need to be lazy and not learn about the other person.