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pluralism et al.

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kprs (kprs)
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 20:58:20 -0800

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My head is spinning with all the conversations on pluralism. I can't
figure out in a nutshell how I feel about all of this, somewhere between
"judge ye not until you have been judged" and "walking in someone else's
moccasins". Without being trite, I know that our Judeo-Christian society
is the basis of our culture, and when peering into other cultures, we
are wearing THOSE glasses, and hence make moral and cultural decisions
based on those lenses. I try not to pass judgement, but marvel at their
realities, while discovering all that I am allowed to discover without
actually experiencing their society, culture and morals. I may find
some behavior abhorrant according to my belief system, but I know that
other societies are just as offended about our society. As an Art
Teacher and an English Teacher I must preface what I share with the
notion that other cultures are not us, and that is not necessarily a bad
thing. I try to bring to the forefront art and literature that is first
of all accessible, (through museum experience for example), and then
open the dialogue up with my students, as it is only through study and
dialogue that we can begin to try to understand others. And the
operative word is "try".

San D

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