I was listening to ademonstration from one Dr. Ruth Bichsel who is from a Native Americancommunity. I felt like she had been through a lot telling from hervoice and stories. She started with the history of Native Americans,and how Christopher Columbus did not discover America but insteadstole land from the Native Americans, and got all the credit. Shethen spoke about how they got kicked out of their land and wereforced to move to different places. They had to fight in order tokeep their families together and also save their land. This made mefeel sad about this whole issue. Her presentation made me change myperspective on Native Americans and made me respect them even more.American Natives were willing to share their land with the Whites,who were forcing them out, but they instead got treated badly, andthey lost everything.
These are some of the strugglesand obstacles that these Native Americans have to endure. People needto understand and respect the culture of this individuals because Ithink there is no one community’s culture that is special than theother. If we do not do so, Native American stereotypes will not stop,and discrimination will become an everyday affair.
Native Americans have been facingthe challenge of identity and assimilation for many years. They arealways faced with the challenge of whether to adopt a more modernapproach towards life or live traditionally in order to identify andkeep the legacy of their traditions. As a social service provider, Iwould encourage Native Americans to live modern life while stillpreserving their cultures and norms. Many of their descendants havealready adopted a modern approach towards life, and so it would bedifficult to try and assimilate them to their traditional life.
While those tribes that live nearbig cities go with the changing times, their peers that were put onreservations in the most remote areas of the country face thechallenge of Economic Development. As a social service provider, Iwould come up with a platform that encourages creativity andinnovativeness as new ideas would help to build brighter economicfeatures.
Theeyes hospital video
The video on Dr. V and his eyehospital in India was an eye opener. His dedication to humanitychallenges and aspires me to be good to my fellow humans where I can.I feel that it important to all people regardless of theirnationality, race, education level, religion or even wealth to sparea thought and think about the every challenge facing the poor acrossthe world. Such people not only struggle to access food and basicsbut also healthcare. It is very important that everyone in the worldgets to access quality healthcare to support substance and quality oflife. In my home country, healthcare services are provided free ofcharge in government hospitals. People like, therefore, might takesuch services for granted. Others who can afford private insurancemay not experience the struggles of accessing medical care that thepoor go through. Nonetheless, I believe that it should be the role ofhumanity as one to care for one another by making sure healthcareservices are accessible to all.
Access to affordable qualityhealthcare is one of the measures of economic and social developmentin any country. In December 2012, the United Nations accepted adecision that urges governments to move with haste to provideaffordable, quality healthcare services to the people (“Health:essential”). For most developed nations such as the US, Japan, andthe UK, the majority of the population can access quality andaffordable healthcare. On the contrary, the situation in third worldcountries and developing countries in terms of health is veryworrying. In India, the majority of the poor rural folks have noaccess to quality affordable healthcare. Although India as a countryhas an impressive reputation of affordable healthcare which spursmedical tourism, the poor locals can hardly afford it. Such peoplehave to rely on the goodwill of people such as Dr. V, who offer freemedical camps and medical services to the economically disadvantaged.
Dr. V’s idea of establishing ahospital in India started from a very tender age. He started dreamingof establishing a hospital that would assist the helpless in thecommunity. Today, Dr. V runs a free eye hospital that serves thosewho can afford and those who cannot afford. He has assisted hundredsof people both young and old by restoring their eyesight and treatingeye related problems. Eyesight is an important sense that has a greatinfluence on the quality of life and can have an influence on thecontinuity of poverty. It is very sad that today, in the age ofmodern medicine, millions of people are blind or live with eyesightproblems that can be treated. They are only guilty of being unable toafford treatment.
It, therefore, pains my heart tosee that the things that I might have taken up for granted whilegrowing up are very important in life. The fact that innocentchildren with some only a few months old cannot enjoy their childhoodfully due to eye problems pains my heart. It is the work of peoplesuch as Dr. V that inspires me to appreciate the little that I haveand also share it. Dr. V not takes pride in material things such asluxury cars, big houses, and holidays but rather seeks hisgratifications by restoring sight to people and making their livesmore worthwhile. I personally feel challenged that I have not givenenough in society. I must say that I have recalled several occasionswhere I might have helped somebody, but I withdrew for a number ofreasons. By watching this video, I now feel that I have so much togive. I have been lucky to enjoy some things which I have taken forgranted. Dr. V’s story thus teachers to be more giving ant to bemore thankful for the much that I have. On the overall, I am gratefulwatched the video for it has changed for the better.
The world requires more peoplelike Dr. V, to challenge us to more. To be human is to help eachother through difficult times. To give back to our communities formolding us to be who we are right now. In addition, help others to bewhere they are supposed to be. As in the path to self-awareness, ourculture can play a very important role. Since, we are all fighting topreserve what we learned from our culture. It may be helping peoplethat brings us great joy in our hearts. Even, fighting to preservewhat might be left of the culture we call our own. Teachingourselves, these cultural principals give us a sense of belonging andgratification. It also helps us to connect to each other better. Itis because culture acknowledges other cultures and relates to themenabling us to better learn from others. In this, we acknowledgetheir difference and cherish it for it is what sets others apart fromus.
In meeting with different peoplesof different cultures that is where we can truly learn about our ownculture. Our values, judgments, attitudes, and beliefs become evidentwhen challenged by other culture. The do’s and the don’ts also ofother culture become clear to us. However, if we do not acknowledgeour culture we cannot truly understand the importance of anotherperson’s behavior. Since it by our cultures that we get theperception of our reality. Our perception is usually subject tobiasness brought about by motive and emotions which are very deeplyrooted in culture. Although some emotions are said to universal, inthis they provide the same feelings and provoke the same reactions inmany instances across the world. Other emotions are clearlydifferent, and they show the differentiation in culture. How they areexperienced in their antecedent event, and the way they are perceivedby the community shows how deep culture affects them.
Our outlook for society is guidedby invisible rules and guidelines that help us to act and interpretbehavior in society. The rules and regulations are what forms ourbehavior as we know in which area are we supposed to act and how arewe supposed to act. In addition, they show us how we are supposed torespond to different behaviors in the environment we are in. all thisis usually dictated by our culture. The norms and values, the do’sand the don’ts. The cultural script even dictates how negative orpositive an emotion to a certain reaction should be.
We are always different from eachother. Our uniqueness is usually brought about by our differentcultures. In this when we understand that and acknowledge that we arefrom different cultures then it is possible to accept and acknowledgeour differences. The need for communication is usually brought tomuch enfersize as it presents us with us chance to know why a personbehaves differently from the way we do. As a point of understandingmore about our cultural diversity. We need first to know our cultureso as to help us understand the difference in other people’scultures. In all of us we carry a core behavior which is deeplyrooted in our cultures. In this core, there is the expression ofvalues and norms which guides us in molding our outlook in society.Hence in understanding of our culture brings us closer tounderstanding our core outlook to society.
Our backgrounds and culture giveus an understanding of many aspects of our lives. Culture helps us tounderstand, explore and acknowledge the value of our background. Theknowledge of our culture brings us closer to our race, ethnicity,gender, social class, exceptionality, age and even sexualorientation. Since it is in culture that we learn and know about whatis acceptable to us. What we like and love is majorly brought aboutby the options available to us in our culture.
Our awareness of our limitationsis brought about in culture. It gives us a view and deeperacknowledgment of our learning process, success and failures goalsand objectives and even our weakness and strengths. In ourbackgrounds are the chronology of how we came to be and our path ingetting there. In this, our societies learning process is actuallywhat has molded us into our culture. As it is the wisdom of the old.Why behave in a certain way, because we have learned that that iswhat works for us over the years of our survival. In our cultures iswhere we find the blueprints of ourselves and what is expected of us.
Our cultures also give us roomfor how to behave and act in conflicts. The way we understand toareas of tension and conflict majorly when we encounter individualsfrom different and strange or unfamiliar cultures. This allows us tobe more equipped and stable in dealing with occasions like this. Aswe are often needed to tolerate others regardless of their culture orexperience. Hence, we learn to be comfortable with the unfamiliar. Inaddition, we may even pick up some of their experience and make itour own. As it happens in cross-cultural relations.
In the path to self-awareness, weneed to also understand, explore and appreciate the thought processbetween cultures. We also need to acknowledge that it takes differentforms meanings and shapes in different cultures. In addition, toappreciate and respect more deeply the other cultures beliefs andcustoms. Since one part of us is in meeting other people. Learning togive them value them is one of the factors that define us. Ourability to interact with the individual of different cultures andmake a successful meeting is one of the things that we feel obligatedto.
In conclusion, the diverseoutlook of culture is what shapes our view to society. It is in broaddepths what influences us to behave react or do certain things incertain times. In respect to this it is in our cultures that we canfind the path of self-awareness. Our self-actualization lies in ourcultural diversity, and it is a factor not to be ignored. Inaddition, for us to acknowledge cultural diversity and fullyappreciate it we need not let go of ourselves, our cultures.