Someone brought up a very interesting point to me: when someone seems similar to us, we're liable to like them better.
This implies that culture in general, not just religion, is divisive. And humanity desperately needs to come together to solve our common problems! So we should be happy when people come to dress alike and speak alike, rather than (hypocritically) decrying the disappearance of traditional cultures. The Internet, multinational corporations and international science might be the hope of humanity in coping with our environmental and resource and political crises. Long live Coca-Cola and Macdonald's!
That's why people in business settings wear standardized dress - so they can interact and negotiate more comfortably.
There could be a lot to this idea. If someone seems similar to us, we are likely to like them more. Imagine that he or she looks like your favorite actor, or one of your siblings. Maybe the person resembles your favorite uncle. I'm always finding that someone in a big store like Macy's resembles my daughter or step-daughter. Of course, I know the other person is not really them because they look like they did in the 1980's. Yet, I see this happening a lot.
Give it time enough and global technology will tend to take us all to a global culture. Without the ongoing technology we can never achieve this, but we must ask if it will be a good thing?
Without the ongoing technology we can never achieve this, but we must ask if it will be a good thing?
Humanity will have severe problems in this century. Global warming, nuclear proliferation, resources getting depleted.
How can we possibly avoid a nuclear war? With scarce resources, nations will be scrambling to survive. Very likely they will go to war over resources.
If we don't do really, really well at solving our terrible problems, there might be a new global Dark Age (as in the Middle Ages). I doubt humanity would go extinct, but maybe it would take centuries to recover from it.
To prevent a new Dark Age of humanity, I'm proposing that details like people's individual culture or worrying about multinational corporations have to be cast aside - in the interest of bringing people together to solve the problems.
People don't appreciate just how difficult our future in this century is likely to be. We worry about stuff that means nothing, by comparison
I had the great fortune to live in a migrant workers camp in the barren desert near Los Vegas in 1941. There were all kinds of people there, from the N, S, E, W, U.S. sent there by Morrison Knudson construction company to build railroad bridges across the souther tier of the U.S. in preparation of moving men and material across the U.S. for the coming war. My parents didn't know why the bridges were needed, they only knew that they had been through the Great Depression and needed work. The company came through the northern farming country to get strong, hard-working men to do the job. Families went along with the men, and we kids played together, black, red, white, and we all had a great time together. I grew up with this experience as my foundation.
I love diversity, always have. I like the different ways we look, sound, and the dietary differences. We kids ate each other's foods, drank water out of the same bucket. Washed in the same shower room, segregated, of course, into male and female. But the shower room was not private.
With that background, my curiosity overpowered my provincial nature. That is what sent me to 32 nations on a quest for understanding how women's lives differ and are similar in different cultures. My great hope is that women come out from under the boot of male domination and become their full potential.