I was recently doing a corporate chair massage event in NYC and was a amazed at the diversity of the staff on my team, the diversity of those we were working on and even the diversity of stress management massage techniques we use in Onsite Chair massage. African, Asian, Latin American and Indian techniques all merge to create the best chair massage in America.
This made me think of how many people live in a cultural bubble.
I recent came across an article about why and how “Expats” live in cultural bubbles.
I was amused by the article because, as a person who has been to over twenty countries, many on visits to jungles or deserts I have never done that.
The future is going to be built on multiculturalism whether various white supremacists, zenophobes, isolationists, and other types of bigots wish it to be otherwise.
Multiculturalism is not a new concept. It has been going on since the beginning of human culture. Tribes, mix – it is that simple. Sometimes it is for political or economic reasons and at other times two wild, crazy and risky young people fell in love and were willing to die for their love in spite of what their elders demanded (Think “Romeo and Juliet”.)
There is no one type of Multiculturalism. Clearly ideologies and policies vary widely, ranging from the advocacy of equal respect to the various cultures in a society, to policies of promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity, to policies in which people of various ethnic and religious groups are addressed by the authorities as defined by the group to which they belong.
Amazingly every culture seems to have some form of massage integrated into it.
When I was in Morocco in was an Islamic multicultural society. There were people from all over the Muslim and Arab world living there as well as French, Spanish and Christian Africans all living together pretty much in peace and harmony.
What the future of the world is going to be is a Multiculturalism that promotes maintaining the distinctiveness of multiple cultures while taking elements of these cultures and fusing them or injecting them into other cultures. This is especially so in culinary affairs.
At Taco Bell you can buy a Mexican Pizza (Italian and Mexican) and in Little India in the “East Village” in NY you can often order Nan bread and end up being served a MiddleEastern Pita Brea. Try and complain and the waiter will show it to you right there on the menu “Pita/Nan”
This new multiculturalism is in contrast to other cultural mergings such as social integration, cultural assimilation and racial segregation. Multiculturalism has been described as a “salad bowl” and “cultural mosaic“.
I always recommend to those that follow my teachings and writings that as much as possible it is important to actively seek friendships and associations with people of other races religions, nations and cultures. You’ll be a better and a wiser person for it.
Here is an article on how some ex-pats live in cultural bubbles
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