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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
When you are in Rome, do what the Roman's do...
Why do some people who move to new countries become more
rigid with their own cultures from back home?
Why move if one refuses to embrace the new culture and keep
bashing the new place giving those better opportunities?
It's a loud form of hypocrisy indeed.
It's hypocrisy to sit in a country giving those better
opportunities in SO many ways and keep complaining about. Also, it's become
fashionable to become hyper-patriotic AFTER they leave their own countries.
It's kind of cute and pathetic fused, Cute because they turn into cheerleaders
overnight and pathetic because they fail to live in the Now of the location.
I think due to the fear of being foreigners in a new country
with a much less rigid culture. What they didn't realize was that the relatives
back in the home country had actually moved with the times.
Do traditions which provide a false sense of security and
economic opportunities which provide supposedly better conditions of living
lead to this dichotomy.
It baffles me, they're enjoying the peace, perks and liberty
denied in their own countries, and harp on the matters that they should be
grateful for and kiss the ground their feet are standing on with dignity &
It is in fact a form of hypocrisy, because the people in
foreign lands once again realize that they live in a specific culture for which
they are responsible. The foreign
culture is the mirror of their culture and makes them visible again. And
afterwards these people have a guilty conscience about their culture, which
they do not live consciously. But they then transferred to the mirror of the
other culture responsibility for their cultural blindness, stupid game.
MANY ARE AFRAID OF THE
NATURAL CHANGES IN THEMSELVES AS THEY TRANSITION TO BECOMING A BI-CULTURAL
BEING. CHANGES CAN BRING FEAR OF LOOSING ONE'S OLD SELF, OR CREATE A GREAT
ADVENTURE GROWTH THROUGH EXPERIENCES.
If it's students who move to a new country with their
parents, OR born and raised by immigrant parents with deep attachment to their
cultures, then it can be VERY challenging for the youth to be FREE to adapt and
embrace the new culture. This is due to their parents expect them to represent
the culture from "back home" while they are naturally mingling with
other citizens on a day to day basis. This creates such a disturbing conflict
that it can literally drive the youth to mentally unstable conditions. It's sad
those parents fail to realize the vitality of ADAPTING and EVOLVING!
At the same time that old friend balance comes into play
here. It is also wise to teach children of immigrants about the cultural
heritage. I firmly believe it is our differences that create our greatest
attributes. This holds true globally in my opinion as well. It is people with an
open mind to learn and appreciate all that life has to give, that grow and
unite peoples across this world. We all, are, one family after all.
Yes, it is about Balance. It’s good to know our roots, yet
not always practical to follow all the traditions of it where ever we move.
WHICHEVER COUNTRY ONE MOVES TO, ONE MUST KEEP IN MIND THAT
THAT IS A TRANSITION CHANGE IN THEIR LIVES AND THAT MANY OLD WAYS AND VALUES
ACCEPTING THOSE CHANGES IS THAT INDIVIDUAL IS THEIR CHOICE.
IF THEY CANNOT ACCEPT THE CHANGES, THEY SHOULD RETURN HOME.
THE REAL ARROGANCE OF SOME INDIVIDUALS IS TO EXPECT THEIR
NEW COUNTRY TO CHANGE FOR THEM INSTEAD OF THEM ADJUSTING TO THEIR NEW COUNTRY.
I HAVE COUNTLESS STORIES. I USUALLY TELL THEM THAT IF THEIR
COUNTRY IS SO SUPERIOR WHY ARE THEY HERE. EVERY COUNTRY SHOULD ADOPT A POLICY
THAT ANY ONE WHO WISHES TO "IMMIGRATE" SHOULD LEARN THE PUBLIC
LANGUAGE OF THAT COUNTRY AND DEMONSTRATE SOME KNOWLEDGE OF THE CULTURE.
IF THEY ARE JUST VISITORS, THEY SHOULD OBSERVE AND
APPRECIATE WHERE THEY ARE. IF I MOVE TO YOUR COUNTRY, I WOULD LEARN THE LANGUAGE;
UNDERSTAND THE CULTURE AND PEOPLE WHILE PREPARING TO BE A MULTICULTURAL PERSON.
It's like they feel they must represent or something.