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" Our greatest strength as a human race is our ability to acknowledge our differences, our greatest weakness is our failure to embrace them. "
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Why Do You Speak Funny?

This post was inspired by my Twitter friend, Nathalie Abejero (@nabejero).

Photograph courtesy of tgbusill
Photograph courtesy of Tgbusill

I worked overseas for 6 years, an experience that I would not trade for anything in the world. It was happy and sad, and fun, funny and odd (but I'll save some of these stories for another day). It gave me an insight into other worlds that I wouldn't have otherwise known, worlds that no words could describe adequately.

No matter where one is an expat, one common observation is that people tend to compartmentalize others. They can't understand why you don't fit into the general mold they have created in their minds about what people from your country of origin should look and sound like.

Some people are more willing and more likely to see differences, and not similarities, amongst fellow human beings.There appears to be an inherent difficulty in accepting another human being just as an individual, without the defining walls of nationality, color, creed, social standing and so on.

This hilarious video summarizes the human compartmentalization phenomenon well. Enjoy!

Why do people compartmentalize others? Is there a better way to live?


thumbnail Insightful post. I think the intolerence for anything different is the ultimate source of most conflict in the world. That video is hilarious.

thumbnail Thanks Richard. It is sad that ppl are more willing & likely to see differences but not similarities amongst fellow human beings. Glad you like it.

thumbnail Some people do feel the need to compartmentalise others,not sure why, maybe it's reassuring to believe they can put people in boxes. Around here (Yorkshire) I have the opposite problem, some people can't understand why I don't sound like them ... I come from further south.

thumbnail The other day, another twitter friend told me someone in England asked her to speak in English. The irony is that she *is* English, and lives in England!

thumbnail It doesn't surprise me to hear your friend's experience. For a small country, we seem to have a lot of people who cling to their regional ways and think anythink different is odd and foreign. Here, they actually call people from other parts of the country foreigners, and I think they're only half joking.

thumbnail Over here, anyone who doesn't look like them is greeted with 'Where do you come from?' and assume that they must come from another country and cannot possibly be local!

thumbnail That is us talking to the local oenologist! And the subtitles usually appear (magically) on his t-shirt.

thumbnail Alex, if such an invention existed, people will come from far & wide, and possibly also from another galaxy far far away, just to purchase this!

thumbnail When it comes to a form of conveying myself I employ empathy and a sense of humor where appropriate. May that be included body language or miming: my facial expression always pleasant with a slight smile...

thumbnail Thanks for your comment, Doc Remy. Good advice, indeed.


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