I keep encountering this quote and keep liking it, so here it is:
"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality.
Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you; they are unique manifestations of the human spirit." --Wade Davis
I'm not sure I have much more to add, beyond some related queries to chew on:
- In what ways do I assume that my model of reality is everyone else's model of reality?
- When do I hold other people and other cultures to a standard of success that is defined by becoming or being me?
- What threatens me about people and cultures that have different goals and hopes than I do?
- How can my sense of spirit and life be nurtured by appreciating other (sometimes radically different) manifestations of spirit and life?