Mind fucked

Trip Start Sep 04, 2009
Trip End Feb 19, 2010

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

After a week of being here, I have come up with a couple of questions. This theory of "culture shock," is it really an existing condition, or is it simply a tool used to justify the objection to customs unknown to us? If there is a personal reaction to foreign scenarios, is hostility the result of intolerance or is it simply just the most readily available emotion to fill the void? If the latter is the case, how does this define the human species? Are we truly segregated by the environment and infrastructure which surrounds us, and if so, does this feed the organization of specific races and religions? History displays ample examples advocating and arguing details which bond and divide humans. In a generation fiercely compelled to abolish the categorization of humans, is it custom or colour that the individual must embrace in order to produce complete unity?

Please let me know, cuz I have no fucking clue.
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npalkovsky on

No idea and yet a comment....
I think the idea or the phenomenon of culture shock is very real - we are a product of our environment and we work to fit in, be similar and form clans. When we move to a new culture the things we hold as true are questioned and the 'normal' reaction is to reject the new culture as odd, wrong whatever. Calling it culture shock lets us accept that things in other places are different from our own way of doing things thus allowing us to adapt to the new culture and therefore be successful.

It may be a load of BS but I know when times were tough in Germany - a culture so similar and yet dissimilar to the US - reading 'Culture Shock Germany' let me pull my head out of my ass and breath through the harder experiences. Getting yelled at by strangers is not wrong, it is just not culturally acceptable in Canada or the US. In Germany, it is par for the course. Culture shock, allows us to say, that is different from my own frame of reference, but not wrong whereas I would intuitively say, 'what the ___'?

The other question is way tougher. If you find an answer I suggest you write a book, sell it to Obama and....

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