A Lesson on Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism: The perspective meaning that no culture is inherently superior or inferior to any other.

We live in a melting pot. A pot where humans from an array of races and cultures come together to live, work, celebrate and connect. Cubans. Colombians. Brazilians, Argentinians and Mexicans (to name a few). All of these cultures have a certain thing unique about them. A thing that can spark our curiosity and want to fly hundreds of miles to experience it ourselves.

This is what human beings do. 

We are generally opposed to the idea of staying in one place our whole lives. We move. We move a lot. We moved out of Africa 1.8 million years ago and spread across Asia. We’ve moved from Europe across oceans and into South America. We’ve sailed the North Atlantic from England to Plymouth, and flown from our mother lands to where we are today.

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Adventure lives outside your tent.

It’s only normal for us to to be a bit ethnocentric. We really can’t help it. We are proud of where we came from and want to hold on to those roots as close to ourselves as possible. But this can sometimes get in the way of your move. The move that is going to open your eyes to new sights. The move that will open your ears to news sounds. The move that will spark new taste buds. The move will make you realize that there are other places outside of your tent worth exploring.

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Your move does’t have to require walking across continents or sailing oceans. Start small. Start local. Start with the flea market off of 258th and Dixie Highway. Explore the tented alleys and the vendors along them. Try on cowboy hats. Eat the pinchos, arepas, mazorcas and mangos with chili. Listen to the live bands playing ranchera. Have a conversation with the lady selling beans. Cool off with a strawberry “raspado”, or snow cone. Buy a handcrafted bag and fill it with fruits and vegetables from the market. Immerse yourself in the culture of Central America just a few miles from your backyard. You will realize that there really is no culture inherently superior or inferior to any other.

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