What is the priority when we get the opportunity to travel into the world’s diverse cultures, nature and the many people we meet on our way.
We are as individuals very different in everything we do, think, perceive and receive, so nothing can be experienced with the same senses, although it is the eyes and ears that captures what we believe is the same, but our built-in filter will automatically let the things we like best pass through and on to our memory.
Our perception is individually tailored to the body’s ability to store any new experience and it is precisely this fact that often leads to both misunderstanding, misinterpretation and at worst delusions about a specific topic.
If you are interested in people, it can be both invigorating and instructive to become acquainted with the people who work and live under different conditions, habits and rituals. The story and the hereditary circumstances have historically influenced various cultures, both ethically and culturally. We are born with the same senses, but not with the same assumptions of the social fabric and life, why we judge on the surface and understand foreign cultures as something far removed from our own social heritage and culture. This is felt and seen, of course, at first meeting with strangers, but if we use the mutual respect and recognition of others’ beliefs, habits and customs, we can go far in the conversation and insight …… to understand and perhaps develop close acquaintances to friends for life.
A process that is slowly coming – a shame is it, however, that we often realize this via conflicts or wars before we understand the many positive aspects of friendship and cooperative spirit.
I’ve been lucky enough to be around the world through a lifetime and globalization has for a long time been on the way in business life, but of course only as a facade where earnings is the central part and without any real human value.
Humans have an incredible tolerance threshold, which in some cases develops into passivity, stagnation and acceptance of conditions as they are even though we may feel that the tolerance threshold has long exceeded its borders. A great part of this impasse comes from fear, uncertainty and perhaps a poor ability to assess people’s personality and intentions.
That’s why it’s important that we both confront ourselves with other cultures with self-cognition and openness essential tools for success in our endeavors for a possible new and inspiring friendship. “Oneness” will not fall from heaven as a savior, but motivation and work with the first self-understanding and acceptance can take us far in the evolution onward journey in this our exciting universe.
Kurt Lykke Lindved