Ever since I began my deliberations with myself about today’s post the above photo has been lurking in the background. There’s something about the image that suggests peace and harmony, even though it was taken on a busy Dublin street. To continue… I’m going to visit friend Urban Dictionary for a bit of help, again… because it just seems so correct for today’s topic.
1) Stranger; foreigner; alien
2) Strange; foreign; exotic; different
New Latin, from Greek, from Xenos – Stranger
Feminine = Xena; Masculine = Xeno
One can be immediately drawn to the rather negative and unpleasant thought of xenophobia. This is a human behaviour we could all do without and I don’t really want to go there because I’ve seen and experienced far too much of it.
Why don’t we rather slant toward xenophilia and accept that different is good? Different is the way to go to enhance relationships and grow our minds. Why don’t we stop paying lip service to the concepts of cosmopolitanism and bridge cultural divides? I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s not great to be discriminated against because I’m foreign.
PS – Different yet so the same… we hurt and bleed the same way
PPS – There’s a lot to be said for hybrid vigour
PPPS – Back to tolerance and respect
PPPPS – Back to understanding
PPPPPS – Just be open!