Multiculturalism: Understanding Other Cultures

Written by Susan Dunn, MA Clinical Psychology, The EQ Coach

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Half of us inrepparttar room had no idea what he was talking about, andrepparttar 132584 sad thing is I don’t know whether he knew that (which would be bad) or didn’t (which was worse).

2 minutes later,repparttar 132585 most ‘fierce conversations’ member inrepparttar 132586 out-group said, “Oh, you mean we shot down one of our own guys? That’s really stupid.”

Someone else added, “And tragic.”


I hoperepparttar 132587 more discriminating out there will understand that some of us despair at our own military with their reprehensible euphemisms such as calling killing children "collateral damage."

The US military is a sub-culture within a larger culture.


The letter continues: “The dayrepparttar 132588 statue of Saddam was torn down,repparttar 132589 great divide between America andrepparttar 132590 rest ofrepparttar 132591 world was briefly suspended.”

There isrepparttar 132592 common ground.


Multiculturism demands that we use our empathy and intuition (emotional intelligence competencies) to understandrepparttar 132593 other point of view, that we seekrepparttar 132594 common ground, and also that we understand there are many cultures within any given culture.

I had a conversation with a client in Australiarepparttar 132595 other day who eventually blurted out in frustration, “We hate American buzz over here. The hype. It’s too pushy.”

Did she assume I didn’t?

And should I assume she speaks for all Australians?

And should I assume she hates Americans (including me) because she hates "American buzz?"

Yes, she assumed I didn’t, while in actuality I dislike it myself. No, I do not assume she speaks for all Australians. I don’t look at things that way. Nor do I makerepparttar 132596 grand and erroneous sweep to assume she hates Americans (and therefore me) because she hates something that some Americans do.

Check out your assumptions and challenge those ofrepparttar 132597 other. Look forrepparttar 132598 common ground. Treat people as unique individuals. Brush up on your global EQ. The world is shrinking and we need to learn how to get along.

©Susan Dunn, The EQ Coach, . Emotional intelligence coaching for individuals and businesses; Global:EQ; distance learning; EQ Alive! – training you to coach emotional intelligence, classes starting monthly ( ). for FREE eZines. Put for subject line “EQ Work” or “EQ Personal” or both.

National Karmic Debt

Written by Ed Howes

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It seems as thoughrepparttar national credit debt is onlyrepparttar 132582 tip ofrepparttar 132583 iceberg that is owed. We can't even be certain that our generational blood sacrifices have done anything to levelrepparttar 132584 balances. In fact, things may be worse because we have demanded heavier blood taxes on others than we have been willing to pay ourselves. We certainly know this blood letting has contributed much torepparttar 132585 credit debt. The U.S. sacrifice to Moloch certainly tiltsrepparttar 132586 karmic balances inrepparttar 132587 wrong direction.

The bad news is that we, you and me, are ultimately responsible for everything done in our name since Europeans began settling in North America. Iraq is justrepparttar 132588 latest debt. Think about this for a few minutes and you should be overwhelmed about your fair share. There are bankruptcy remedies. As Deepak Chopra declares inrepparttar 132589 Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, inrepparttar 132590 Law of Karma, we have options. The first of three is shut up and pay up. Take our lumps untilrepparttar 132591 balance tips in our favor. This is attractive to no one who considers what may be owed by now. The next option isrepparttar 132592 transformation of karma. This balancesrepparttar 132593 scales by becoming a blessing to others.

Many of us agree this option is much better thanrepparttar 132594 first. We can become this blessing individually and by joining our efforts to organizations that clearly are blessing others or have a good plan of intention to do so. Charities, peace groups, social justice associations, environmentalists. The drawback isrepparttar 132595 best intentions coupled with near universal ignorance, often turn out worse than dedicated evil doing. To transform karma, we had better seerepparttar 132596 outcome fromrepparttar 132597 intent. Mistakes can further imbalancerepparttar 132598 scales.

The third option is karmic transcendence. We become so unified with God or life force,repparttar 132599 karmic ledger is expunged of our debt. My guess is that this would require some critical mass as a percentage ofrepparttar 132600 U.S. population, seeking spiritual unity orrepparttar 132601 ultimate one party political ideal. This option isrepparttar 132602 most attractive. It is actuallyrepparttar 132603 easiest of all to do, which conforms torepparttar 132604 Law of Least Effort. The drawback is reaching that critical mass and there are presently people working hard to achieve this very transcendence. Inrepparttar 132605 meantime, we will take our lumps, accept our punishments, knowing we are worthy of them, which is some comfort. We will transform a lot of our karma by actually doingrepparttar 132606 good we intend. In just over twenty years, we will transcend all our remaining karma. Those twenty years will not be easy or pretty, but don't you feel better about what used to be our overwhelming debts?

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