From National Differences To Human Variety

We are more similar than different. The various stages of human existence such as births, confirmations, marriage, and deaths are the same for all people and always have been. Our differences are how we celebrate and commemorate these events. These differences are personified by the languages we use, the foods that we eat, the music that we play and the songs that we sing as well as the dances that we do.

When looking at these perceived differences in terms of our common humanity instead of our alleged national differences, the fact becomes clear that these differences are really only cultural in nature and not actual. When we come to see ourselves in terms of our common humanity, our national differences will be seen as our human variety, which will lead to our global understanding of one another and the beginning of our global coming together.


7 Responses to “From National Differences To Human Variety”
  1. jny h. says:

    A variety could equal a whole, but it will not because some find it uninteresting. To represent or even conceive of globalization is too far fetched for some, at least for now. For example, April 22 was Earth Day, a global holiday for everyone. If we wanted to, we could have celebrated this holiday together, internationally, globally, but we do not because of physical relativity and psychological limitations like ethnicity or race.

  2. Marina Sek says:

    Undertanding and tolerance towards different cultures is key to our success as we become more of a global society. A friend once told me a story about how two business men from England traveled to Saudi Arabia for a very important meeting with the head of a Saudi firm. When the Birtish gentlemen arrived at the meeting place, whih happened to be an eatery of sort, they were greeted by the Saudi businessman. It so happened that the Saudi man recognized some friends sitting at another table at the same time. As was Saudi custom, he called his friend over to joing them for the meeting. The English gentleman did not approve of the added company and made a point of sayong something to the Saudi gentelman.The Saudi gentleman was offended and disconitnued his meeting with the English gentleman. This is clear example of the importance of being aware of different cultures and their customs as well as being tolerant of them.

  3. Avinash Dayal says:

    It is true that peoples of different countries have more in common than in difference. In an ideal world, for all to have one understanding it would be necessary to put cultural and national feelings behind and work towards one human goal. In the current state of the world, it is easier said than done. This is because historical evidence proves that people of different nations will continue to distrust each other.

  4. Timothy Shparo says:

    The idea that one day humanity will view our national differences as human variety is essential to prosperity and continuity of the minds of the world. From a smaller perspective one person is far different from another, and that margin increases as generations go by, as people begin to find alternative means of independency. Though it is what we need, comprehension of human variety is ironically scarce and this lack of understanding catalyses disunion. The main idea is, humanity cannot function or continue if human variety is understated.

  5. Kelly Forrest says:

    This is so refreshing because it really puts the world into perspective. Instead of seeing one another as different, we are just varied. Just as there are different types of dogs, in the end of the day they are still a dog. Just because two people have different skins colors, they are still humans. This makes it so difficult to understand why some people are so intolerant of other simply on the fact that they are from a different part of the world or speak a different language. It is sad that people cannot look past the physical differences and see the spiritual similarities.

  6. Roy Posner says:

    There are physical differences that are prevalent in every race and nationality. It’s really superiority that is in question, where one nationality or race claims superior towards another. The way I see is that believing yourself to be greater than another is like saying I’m the greatest ant on the ant hill. Your ability at its highest potential is never achieved and so you cannot dispute the ability of others at that theoretical level as well.

  7. Margot Parker-Elder says:

    There is a fine line between harmony and total absence of individual character. I agree with the idea that as a whole species we share intrinsic aspects that are universal no matter what continent you are standing on or ocean you are looking out over. But to get rid of the excess, to shed the shell we create as individuals, the traditions we carry culturally, and loyalty to the home that shaped us, would be in a sense exterminating the very thing that separates us humans from the rest of the animal kingdom.

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