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Enjoy Difference by tuffix Enjoy Difference by tuffix
You know, sometimes I stand there at the subway station looking around and wondering about all those different people. Some talk in Turkish, some in French and others use an Asian language. Berlin is a very multicultural city and I'm happy to live here.
I wish more people would enjoy difference as I do.

Yes, I played around in photoshop .. ^^"

[I can't guarantee a meaningful content of the Turkish and Japanese textes there :D ]
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Teakster Oct 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great work - simple yet effective! :D
tuffix Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Simple and sweet!
tuffix Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
LOSTgnosis Jul 3, 2013  Student General Artist
This reminds me that I need to get back to working on my story (two of the female leads share an old red shayla headscarf).
I'd love to go to Mecca one day and find it completely full of German atheists, Dutch homosexuals, Norwegian pagans and Swedish nudists. Why should we in the West be the only ones expected to 'enjoy difference'?
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tuffix Jun 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's sad, that you think that way. You seem to misunderstand my picture. You say "Why should we in the West be the only ones expected to 'enjoy difference'?". That sounds like I'm asking "Western people" (whatever that means, ... I'm Wetsern myself)to accept diversity. But that's not my point. I'm saying, that ME, I AM just enjoying difference. It's not about expecting anything (;

Sure, some muslim countries have problems with this topic (for different reasons), but I'd like to leave aside mecca, since it's a holy place of pilgrimage. Islam doesn't refuse diversity, mecca is the only place with those special circumstances.
I suspect someone would have to belong to an ethnic or religious minority in order to actively enjoy diversity. It might lend a sense of security, if society is not homogeneous, and of being less conspicuous as an outsider. For a member of an established population, however, an influx of 'diversity' just means fewer familiar faces. It means the erosion of one's own national culture and the supplanting of one's own people. Why should the sound of unintelligible foreign languages (or strange accents) be pleasing to the ears of a native? Why should the sight of Islamic veils, for example, please the eyes of people accustomed to secularism? (The wearing of a veil seems to suggest judgement being passed against women who don't wear them, and at the least reflects a different cultural concept of modesty.) The more visible and cultural diversity there is, the harder people become to relate to, since they have different traditions, taboos, prejudices, manners and values, and all these potential pitfalls have to be negotiated.

'Multiculturalism' can also destroy true diversity. London no longer feels fundamentally British. Berlin (by the sound of it) doesn't feel German. You might not be trying to impose yourself or 'difference' on European society, but it does appear that there has been a political agenda of doing this, emanating from factions with a desire to break down European-based national identities.

Mecca was an extreme example to illustrate the hypocrisy and one-sidedness that often accompanies the promotion of 'diversity'. Of course I don't really wish to see Mecca so defiled. I don't think there should be any uninvited interference in foreign lands. I think all countries should keep their particular character, and that all peoples should have self-determination in their own homeland. They should be free to adopt whatever is desirable from other cultures (as they would naturally) but they should not be expected to tolerate things that alienate their native populations.
tuffix Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So you see nothing positive in diversity?

Sure, diversity means fewer familiar faces (not only for the established population, but for all), but I see so many positive things in it. From a very superficial point of view, I wonder: Did you never enjoy foreign food or music for example? I love trying culturally different restaurants and I like them to be run by native people. And I truly enjoy listening to people, who speak Danish or French or some African language. It's extremely interessting for me and (and for many of my friends, who do not belong to a minority, as well. Besides: Tourism is based on the fact, that people usually have interest in different cultures). I also enjoy looking at people wearing their cultural clothes, like turbans or saris or whatever. It just gives me the feeling that there is so much more! I learn to enjoy different kinds of beauty and that's great! The issue of the veil is a special one, since the veil itself got so many connotations over the years. You don't just see a veil, you see a story, provocation, politics. And these connotations are the problem, not the veil itself. You write, that it seems to suggest judgement. Couldn't you tell that about so many different looks as well? What about apparent punks or hippies or rockers, hiphoppers, rappers?

From a deeper view: Yes, different traditions may be hard, but they can challenge you to reflect your own perspective on the world. In psychology we always try to challenge "ethnocentrism", meaning to recognize, that there isn't just one possible view on things. You basically need interaction for that.
Moreover psychologists proved, that diverse teams for example reach more creative and innovative results than homogenous ones.

From a more global perspective I'd say that the world would never have reached the current state, if there weren't (positive) collaborations of different cultures and their achievements. Take for example the development of mathematics in India and the Arab world etc. One semestre, I visited a lecture in cultural history. It was extremely interesting and in the end you just realized, that nothing is stable. Everything is in motion, also culture and nations. For eample the professor made clear that there is nothing like a "Judaeo-Christian tradition", it's all constructed step by step. So what is part of an established culture and what not? When does history become part of a culture? And when do people?

And from a very pragamtic point of view: Globalization is a fact. For example nations are in need of foreign workers. And workers are humans; you can't tell them to leave behind their culture. As soon as they live there with their families you have to make the best of the situation, and that is: Accept diversity and see the advantages. Especially when there's a second generation, that combines both cultures.

Sorry for the long reply ^^
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