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Cultural diversity. What to do to make your and my community a better place?

I've had a lot a experiences in my life and a lot of them were because of misunderstanding each other. Some of them because of lack of reason, asking questions, talking, sharing.

The question is - what to do to make the world a better place for everybody?

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    Jul 7 2013: A lot has been made of the cultural diversity of the USA.
    It used to be based on the French ideal of "all for one and one for all" In fact the national slogan was "One nation, under God". Well, that "American culture" a melting pot of many cultures in an harmonious blend became more individualized during the "Age of Aquarius."
    This period in recent American history were the social norm was focused on the individual, doing their own thing, doing what feels good. People grouped around various ethic, linguistic, social, financial, religious, racial cultures and quickly assumed an "us verses them" new American culture.
    I long for the good old days when we Americans regardless of race, creed, national origin, were just Americans.
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        Jul 7 2013: Oh, come on.

        I don't know where you are from and what you have experienced, but the so-called good old Texas-days are over. Please ask me questions if anything in this comment is uncomfortable to you. Please see my other comments as well.

        I wish you and everybody well.

        Peace,

        Anna
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        Jul 7 2013: Sorry, I probably misunderstood something.

        I will ask for a clarification.

        Could everybody clarify?

        Thx, TD!
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      Jul 7 2013: Hi Mike,

      What I long for is this:

      - that in a melting pot everybody will have their say and that it's all going to be fine for everybody

      just to add a thing:

      - sometimes I feel like Eurotrash - but I know I'm not that, I'm a good person, American, Euro or whatever
      - I wish you and all other commenters well
      - thank you for your comment

      Best wishes.
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        Jul 7 2013: I had a college professor in a bilingual education course I took a looooong time ago who called America a "salad".......lots of ingredients(people,cultures) all coming together to make a wonderful dish........verses a melting pot, where all ingredients melt and blend into one.

        I like her view of America.
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          Jul 7 2013: Thanks, Mary.

          Please see and review my other comments, especially the ones on Dalai Lama.

          Best wishes.
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        Jul 7 2013: Anna,
        No culture is about anyone having their say. Culture is about coming together in common experiences, sharing common goals.

        You have addressed what I find so discomforting.
        "Everybody has their say and wants what they want...." Selfishness? Greed? What I want and what makes me feel good?
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      Jul 7 2013: Hey Mike,
      While there certainly are some Americans who have an ""us verses them" attitude, I perceive that we are evolving beyond that paradigm, and many of us are genuinely connecting with each other.

      You say you..."... long for the good old days when we Americans regardless of race, creed, national origin, were just Americans."

      We can look way back to the good old days in 1776, when a group of men who owned hundreds of slaves, signed a document, which said all men are free. Those same men, according to law at the time "owned" their wives because wives were considered "property" of the husband. Are those the good ol' days you refer to Mike?

      Do you remember the good ol' days when slavery was perfectly acceptable? Do you remember in the 1960s, when there were still drinking fountains for whites, and separate drinking fountains for blacks? Do you remember when whites and blacks were required to sit in different sections of the bus? That was only about 50 years ago. Are those the good old days you refer to?
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        Jul 7 2013: Yes, Colleen,

        Recently, there was a terrible disaster in the town of West, Texas, A number of Texans from across the state and even some honorary Texans that live in other states went out of their way to help these people raise the barn so to speak.
        You say some Americans have an "attitude" of 'us verse them'... I am beginning to think that is most Americans... I guess I can Google the groups and list the membership, I kind of did that for another conversation and the numbers began to look like it would be a lot easier to do the negative.
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          Jul 8 2013: Mike,
          You were the one, who wrote, in your previous comment....." People grouped around various ethic, linguistic, social, financial, religious, racial cultures and quickly assumed an "us verses them" new American culture."

          I do not agree that we have a "new American culture", which divides "us verses them". I see most people coming together and learning from the past that "us verses them" doesn't work very well.

          BTW, I am very aware of the disaster in the town of West, Texas. My son in law was one of the first responders.

          The topic question is:
          "Cultural diversity. What to do to make your and my community a better place?"
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        Jul 8 2013: Hi Colleen,
        You see the culture glass half full, I see it half empty.
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          Jul 8 2013: You're right Mike...I see cultural diversity as a gift....an opportunity for all of us to learn more about each other:>)

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