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hzs202 (932886) writes | more than 8 years ago

Books 4

"It is useful to know something of the manners of different nations, that we may be enabled to form a more correct judgment regarding our own, and be prevented from thinking that everything contrary to our customs is ridiculous and irrational, -- a conclusion usually come to by those whose experience has been limited to their own country" (Descartes).

"It is useful to know something of the manners of different nations, that we may be enabled to form a more correct judgment regarding our own, and be prevented from thinking that everything contrary to our customs is ridiculous and irrational, -- a conclusion usually come to by those whose experience has been limited to their own country" (Descartes).

Living in New York City allows me and I think others as well to appreciate and embrace social diversity. However, I don't think that other parts of the country are as fortunate in this regard.

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Not just other parts of this country (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14618994)

Think Sweden, Scotland, Iran, Finland... Go ahead find the black Finnish guy. It's like Where's Waldo just WAY easier.

Re:Not just other parts of this country (1)

hzs202 (932886) | more than 8 years ago | (#14619109)

Think Sweden, Scotland, Iran, Finland... Go ahead find the black Finnish guy. It's like Where's Waldo just WAY easier.

I bet... I didn't know there were black people in Finland. What I mean is I never thought about it... which is exactly to point of this quote... I never even considered a black Finnish guy or his plight, may GOD bless that guy!

Re:Not just other parts of this country (1)

ellem (147712) | more than 8 years ago | (#14619313)

S'OK. He's doing really well. He works in a gym and is having great sex all the time with the wives of Finnish Fishermen.

maybe i'm just weird like that, but (1)

queenofthe1ring (768698) | more than 8 years ago | (#14619971)

I actually don't find it that hard to think of people in different countries/cultures/etc behaving differently than I would. They're raised in different circumstances than I was, and would thus have different ways of doing things.

What I have more trouble with is the people I consider to have been in nearly equal circumstances as myself, and yet behave radically different.

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