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Is it more better for people from a particular race or ethnicity or sex to follow the existing practices in their groups or explore new ways

Over time, by natural selection , and through the process of "survival of the fittest", people with a gene pool that best adapts to the local environment following practices that ensures their continued existence used to get established in a region.
Today, with the advent of TV, movies, and other media, and means of quick transportation of people (armies, workers, etc.), there is a mass exodus of gene pools, and cultures and practices from region to region.
Due to economic and military clout and superiority of some groups, many practices and cultures get corrupted, obliterated.
Social morals, and cultural, agricultural, medical practices which ensured survival of the local population for centuries get replaced by the practices of the invaders.
Countries have procedures to prevent introduction of alien plants and animals into their country fearing upsetting of the local ecological balance which sustains life in that region.
Should the same principle be followed when introducing alien genes and cultures into a country?
Some modern day examples of adverse results of such mixing and corruption are introduction of abaya in Europe, introduction of bikini culture in the Middle East, replacement of ayurveda medicines in India with medicines from multi-national pharmaceuticals, abolition of aboriginal practices which are today causing huge forest fires in Australia, introduction of the western ideology of "equality of the sexes" into the eastern and African cultures, causing increased incidences of divorces, single parent families, orphans, late marriages, late pregnancies, and all the related social problems in the affected areas.

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    Feb 9 2012: I believe that we are experimenting new ways everyday of our lives. So to your question, I would say that there is no arm of trying new ways. Therefor, problem arises when one tries to impose on others their way and give no room to the feelings of the people they are forcing that way on.
    It takes us back to the mentality of the conqueror, that personage always thinks he is powerful, so he is right. That thinking is one that caused slavery to be a human practice for milleniums, that thinking is the base of slavery known from the fifteenth century, leading to colonisation, the various racial discriminations and tribalism we have experienced lately.
    New ways are to be explored and taught when they are found good to making lives better. Surely, it is never easy to succeed in new ways, but that's the way I believe one is called to tke when he wants to grow up both mentally and spiritually.
    I am part of a mixed couple, and God knows all the misunderstanding we've been through, but when I look at myself today, the little openness I show to people, my little respect for differences, I know it was worth it.
    Today, being an african, I relate to south america, my wife being brazilian, my kids being south american indian decents... that is a wealth that can never be traded in.

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