In the old days, cultures were pretty isolated from each other. They had their own geographical location, and with it room to grow and flourish on their own. Outside influence was almost non-existent and wouldn’t have any substantial effect on the values and ideas of the people.
But those were the old days. In the time since then, as civilizations grew and spread across the land, cultures came in contact with one another more and more, and started to overlay each other; not only in territory, but also in the minds of men. It has more than once been reason for all kinds of turmoil throughout history.
Cultures are, in a way, like soap bubbles. They pop in and out of being as time goes by, they come in all sizes and change color and pattern continuously. You can even have bubbles within bubbles. When they meet, some burst more easily than others and it’s always a question mark whether they repel each other or not.
Even though cultures change over time, they do so in such a pace that it’s almost undetectable to the human perception. When we don’t study their course through the ages we perceive them as being static. And we often embrace and defend them as such. We see them as absolute, when in fact they are in a state of unending transformation.
Cultures actually come together all the time on many different levels. They don’t care. They like to mingle. When their transition is slow enough, they will automatically ease us into it and no one will really mind. Trouble only occurs in those instances that a collision is fast enough for our eyes to see. And in a world where humanity is finally coming together, the speed of the metamorphosis becomes visible to us all.
The end result will be the same – we become one people, consisting of a mix of many varieties; like a bathtub full of little soap bubbles floating on a single body of water – but how we get to that result is mostly up to us. It can be a rough ride or a smooth transition.
In a time where slow accumulation is temporarily out of order, we must decide for ourselves whether or not we mind the change. When we do, we make it hard for ourselves as well as others; when we don’t, we can all live happily ever after sooner than expected.
Rather than automatically repelling the bubbles that come your way, be open to them. Don’t shy away from them in reaction. Choose to meet them halve way. Once two bubbles find common ground – or a shared surface in the middle – they have a better chance of peaceful coexistence.