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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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BrigitteTurner Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  New member Professional Artisan Crafter
Happyness is international! :-)
Sonnenbad?
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tuffix Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is.
Wieso Sonnenbad?
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Geekygirl239 Featured By Owner Edited Mar 13, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Clap Brilliant. I love the message this piece gives.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you
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Dr-Ellis-Skyes Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Lovely piece and lovely thoughts 
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Writer
Great work and I love all the different languages in the speech bubbles ♡
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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CrazyMai Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Student Writer
You are welcome :)
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Teakster Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great work - simple yet effective! :D
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tuffix Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks!
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yellowis4happy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
Simple and sweet!
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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LOSTgnosis Featured By Owner 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).
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
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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xenomorphmatryoshka Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
^this.
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tuffix Featured By Owner 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.
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2013
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.
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tuffix Featured By Owner 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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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013
You make your case very well, but I am not entirely convinced. Foreign food and music can be appreciated even without millions of foreigners moving to the country. The Koreans can form an classical orchestra and give Beethoven concerts without needing Germans to live in their country in large numbers. Anyway, most immigrants are not chefs or musicians (or scientists, or mathematicians), and many are bringing aspects of their original cultures that are less desirable in the new places.

I am all in favour of tourism. The thing to do if one wants to experience exotic cultures should be to travel to different countries. If there is too much multiculturalism in every place then they all become indistinguishable and lose their authentic characters and distinct kinds of beauty. Globalism has a similarly destructive effect on genuine cultural diversity and national identity, since peoples thrust together needs must compromise. I'm not saying anywhere should be artificially fossilised or segregated, but just that cultural diversity is not something to be actively sought or imposed at the expense of authentic local culture.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You mainly responded to my most superficial argument.
You talk about the destructive effect of diversity - is it destruction or just change? Aren't compromises good since they make it possible for the people of the world to live together?
One of my other arguments was, that culture is always in motion. What is culture? At college we define culture as the man-made part of the environment, so is it fix? No. Is culture something that you can only see at national level? No, 'cause Punks and hip hop guys have their own culture, too, and some of their values and norms are  "less desirable" for me and other people, that share their nationality.
So I'd say, wherever there are people, there will be differences in tastes and norms (that are not necessarily national based). Sometimes they are inspring and sometimes not. But differences are there and they make you realize, that we all are just the same.
All cultures of the world were formed, when people came together. And they changed when other people or ideas arrived. I think that we life in a time, where people are torn between their wish to develop rapidly and their wish to preserve things, especially since we are able to record anything visually or written. And since the world is changing so fast (technology alone is developing exponentially!) we will have to deal with globalization on the people's level, too. I don't think, that their will be one global culture, but maybe the cultures of the world will converge (they already do since internet). And they will create new kinds of beauty.
Anyway, maybe it's time to agree, that we don't agree (:
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
I think an agreement to disagee is in order, I agree. 
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dreamart2611 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
mashallah. Love it.
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Ahlawiyya Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Brilliant.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks (:
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012   General Artist
Very cute, it gives of a real vibe of tranquility
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tuffix Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanky :)
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Vyctorian Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012   General Artist
You're very welcome!~
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chibiloverndrawer Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really like this piece! I wish there was more diversity here in my area or school D: Oh well.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you (:
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ryandono Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Beautiful. I do wish you had done the text by hand though.
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks (: Hm, yes, I'll consider it the next time.
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mesale Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
good theme:)
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tuffix Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks ^^
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dydyL Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Really cool, Sister :)

Eid Mubarak in advance :D
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tuffix Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, Eid mubbarak (:
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dydyL Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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BasmaSmiley Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! And I really wish I visit Berlin some day. I've always wanted to go to the USA to enjoy the diversity in cultures, religions and languages (or just accents) :D .. And to know that Berlin is like that too, I'd really like to visit it one day :D
My dad visited Frankfurt before, but he said not many people like to speak English, is that true? .. 'cause then I'd be in SO much trouble, I only speak Arabic, English and a VERY little French :D
Anyway, Germany is awesome ! And it has a great soccer team :D
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, yeeaah, unfortunatelly we didn't win the European soccer match - well next time ^^

Well, indeed, only few Germans can speak very good English, but in Berlin we are used to tourists, so it's mostly no problem. You're welcome to come here, let me know, when you do some day inhsallah ^^
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BasmaSmiley Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd totally love to come but I'm still 16 so maybe some day in the future I hope :D :heart:
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
aha, okay! Inshaallah in the future :nod:
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BasmaSmiley Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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floatingWhiteFalcon Featured By Owner May 27, 2012
Genau so ging es mir, als ich wegen meines BOGY-Praktikums immer wieder mit der S-Bahn hin- und herpendeln musste. Wenn ich dann alleine über die Straßen gelaufen bin, in der Straßenbahn saß und am Hauptbahnhof wartete fand ich es total spannend zuzuhören, wie verschieden die Menschen sich um mich herum unterhalten haben, wie unterschiedlich sie angezogen waren und wo sie überall herkamen und hingingen. Ich fand es amüsant mir vorzustellen, wo jeder einzelne herkommen könnte, was er schon alles erlebt haben könnte und wo derjenige nun weshalb hingehen könnte. Absolut sinnlos aber lustig. :D
Wenn man da so steht und darüber nachdenkt, das all die Menschen, die größtenteils nicht mit einem zu tun haben, genau zu dem Zeitpunkt auch genau da sind, wo man selbst ist und gleich wieder wo ganz anders sein werden, dann bekommt das Wort 'Netzwerk' eine ganz andere Bedeutung. ;)

Einmal sah ich sogar einen jungen Mann mit langem zusammengedrehtem Bart, langen Haaren, auffälligem Schmuck (Armbänder, Halskette) aus dicken Edelsteinen (oder Plastik-Imitaten :XD: ) und einem runden Holzschild sowie Softschwert am Bahnhof auf die S-Bahn warten. Also fahren jetzt auch die Wikinger schon mit der Bahn. :D
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tuffix Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Was ist denn ein BOGY-Praktikum?

Haha, ja, in Berlin laufen auch die merkswürdigsten Typen manchmal rum. Aber das ist schön, dieser Mix :)
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floatingWhiteFalcon Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Achso, 'Tschuldigung, das sollte ich vielleicht erklären: Also das bedeutet ausgeschrieben nichts Anderes als "Berufsorientierung an Gymnasien". Wir sollten uns für eine Woche einen Beruf aussuchen und uns dort mit vorheriger Bewerbung und allem drum und dran, fünf Tage lang anschauen, ob dieser Job überhaupt etwas für uns wäre.

Ich mag diese Unterschiede auch gerne. :D Diesen ganzen Fremdenhass kann ich überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. :O_o:
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islamographic Featured By Owner May 23, 2012
Sister, join the Islamographic.com project? Islam needs you ;)
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bobo-ana Featured By Owner May 15, 2012
I will... :)
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rozi123 Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
thts how i feel here in chicago. sister. i feel ya.
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tuffix Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool :D
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HiBa-JaMal Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
looks really nice !
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tuffix Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! (:
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