|Re: Re: Re: Cultural Consistency||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Gayle Koszegi (gayleclam.xyz.com)|
|Date: Wed, 22 Jun 94 17:40 CDT|
> > We had a Jewish couple come out for a tour about a month ago or so. > After the tour they indicated that they would not be interested. When > asked why they said: "There aren't any other Jewish people here." This is similar to the example you (or someone) gave of a black family feeling uncomfortable in an all-white community, or vice-versa. Differences are a valid concern if the <way the person is different> is a primary part of their self-definition. I am not a blonde, but I would not be uncomfortable in a mostly-blonde community because my non-blondeness is not part of my self-identity. I would, however, feel uncomfortable in a mostly-bigoted community, since I strongly self-identify as a non-bigot. (Uh oh, am I bigoted against bigots? :-) ) Looking back over this, I see that perceived external identity could also be a strong determining factor. You (or whoever gave that example) might not see your whiteness as a main part of who you are, but you might perceive that others (in this case, the folks in the all-black community) see that as part of who you are, and so still feel uncomfortable in that situation. > I just learned of a forming cohousing group who are all Lutheran. They > want to live together as an expression of their religious values and > see the cohousing model perfectly fitting what they want to do. This sounds reasonable to me: their Lutheranness is a primary part of what they want their shared lives to be about. It is a shared value for them. I wish them well. But I would guess that many communities would prefer more diversity of religions. This is fine, too. Those communities are formed with values other than common religious beliefs. Gayle (Future prospective co-housing participant)
- Re: Cultural Consistency, (continued)
- Re: Cultural Consistency Jim_Snyder-Grant . LOTUS, June 23 1994
- Re: Cultural Consistency Martin Schafer, June 27 1994
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