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Entry 1

This is a brief summary of what will be found in this blog.

I'm not a blogger. I'm not into social media. I'm not into letting the world know that I just entered a greasy fast-food joint and saw a fry that looked like Bob Newhart.

Yet here I am.

Why?

Because this is the world we all share; the world, not just in its static sense, but in all its vibrancy and diversity. At least in the US, diversity has come to have almost an artificial nature to it. Diversity is imposed, it's claimed, it's enforced, yet it doesn't seem that people really know what it means. While word demanding diversity ring out, so too do the actions of homogenization. This isn't true only in the US, but around the world as well.

As we become better connected to a wider range of people, we also seem to get more similar. The developing mimic the developed. Think about your small-town Chinese restaurant. The food is often really mediocre, the people cooking it are not Chinese, and it makes me wonder what the owners are thinking. Do they think this is an easy profit? Or do they think that it's truly good food? (I'd be a bit afraid if it's the latter!) This food has lost a lot of its uniqueness. It's now bland, with lots of sugar-glaze-coated friedness that each one of these restaurants seems to order from the same pre-fab kit.

Now, I don't mean to pick on Chinese restaurants, but it's something that I've thought about many times when passing them in small-town America. They are so ubiquitous that even the redneck country people (with whom I self-identify) don't consider Chinese food too exotic or weird to eat- it's become that mainstream. But the quality isn't there. It's not "good" food, especially when compared with the real thing, but it has changed to fit the demands of the populace. It's been watered down, modified to be acceptable to more people, instead of standing up and being different.

Chinese food is not alone.

What I want to do here is to explore the world's differences as the cornerstone of what makes us all interesting. The variances in cultures, customs and languages, foods, colors- however you want to classify- are what makes us interesting. Beyond that, we're all human with the same needs.

No race is superior, but every race is different- and that's a good thing. This is our world, so let's explore it as it is.

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John195123

Posted by John195123 09:43 Archived in USA Tagged travel thoughts concepts ideology Comments (0)

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