Understanding of Different Cultures
If I could teach everyone in the world one thing it would be the culture of tolerance and understanding. Today, we live in a melting pot of cultural, religious, and racial diversity. If we find a common platform, we can honor human dignity from whichever angle we look at it. Culture of tolerance and understanding promotes fairness and respect above all. If we are more open to other cultural differences, then this world can become a better place. We are often scared of things we do not know and everything that is considered different and unfamiliar. We are often eager to judge others so we are ignorant, fearful of change, and prejudiced. However, we should never be that way. My ancestors come from Serbia and when they came to America they brought their 'different' culture with them. I tried hard to retain bits and pieces of our culture, of who I am, and what I stand for. Quite often, I have been looked down upon from people who did not appreciate 'my' differences, my culture - me. So one day I made a vow to myself that I would learn everything I can about other cultures, that I would listen and embrace diversity, and wouldn’t judge people --- the way some people judged me. I strongly believe that with tolerance, wars cease and peace becomes our main initiative. Less violence and more inclusion is the true meaning of the global culture of tolerance and understanding.
Building strong bridges between different cultures will shape happier generations. The best way to do so is to look beyond one's own culture or religion, looking beyond one’s black and white world, and accept all shades of gray around us. As Mahatma Gandhi once said “No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive.”