Differences in cultural beliefs sometimes create a “superiority complex” in people; the view that one party (individuals, groups, nations, beliefs) is superior or greater than the other party. Conversely, said differences also create the opposite – “inferiority complex” – in the party perceived as poorer, weaker, fewer.
Although we all come from different backgrounds, upbringing, and personal experiences, these factors should not push us to think that the unfamiliar is automatically inferior.
Unavoidably, when persons get exposed to new cultural practices or beliefs, they get disturbed by the disruptions in their comfort zone. Usually, what persons grow up with, the things taught them by the older generation raising them, often influence the beliefs they will carry on throughout their lives. Although sometimes, because of personal experiences, they deviate from the traditional beliefs and values they were taught while growing up.
Perspective gained from personal experiences is the determining factor regarding the kind of practices, traditions, and beliefs that persons carry and believe for the rest of their lives. Perspective is fluid, thus it can change. Still, with differences from one another it should be seen that none is superior or inferior. As what Temple Grandin’s book’s title says: “Different…Not Less”1
1Grandin, T. (2012). Different..Not less: inspiring stories of achievement and successful employment from adults with autism, Asperger's, and ADHD. Arlington, TX: Future Horizons Inc.
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