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Living in the Same Global Village

Living in the Same Global Village

There are no customs and cultures superior to others, although there are certainly good practices and policies, which distinguish certain countries. Canada, an example of good practices, has minimized its social, political and economic contradictions despite its diversity derived from Anglo-Saxon, French and indigenous cultures. Canadian society is direct, timely, and respectful of social rules and of the individual sphere, as well as cooperative and friendly, individualistic, rigorous, systematic and dramatically bureaucratic.

In a highly globalized world, many of us have had contact with people of other nationalities whose customs and ways of behaving are often unknown to us. Such a contact might either generate misunderstandings, leaving us sort of "tasteless" about other cultures, or motivate us to explore and learn more about its culture’s richness. Canada is one of these places where people are interacting daily with a number of national sensitivities which offers us the opportunity to choose the latter. At the same time, Ottawa is a pleasant city with a deeply enlightened space that always encourages us to discover something new and fascinating from the cultural complexity of the world, focusing our attention on a single city.

For Canadians, such a multiculturalism is not strange insofar as they have always lived with it. However, foreigners know that breaking myths and learning to live in midst of an array of cultures might become difficult, but not impossible. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has recognized the importance of working together. With a different language from the United States, Canada has recognized the ideological heterogeneity that exists around the world and thus has managed to establish a political strategy aimed at integrating all the world's citizens in one place. Despite cultural differences, derived from several interpretations on personal and social spheres or from dissimilar ideas about flexible vs. inflexible, formal vs. informal, collectivism vs. individualism and androcentric vs. feminist societies, we are able to live together and coexist with our deepest differences.

Although we will always make mistakes of interpretation, we should know that there are some aspects to consider that will serve to tolerate, appreciate and understand multiculturalism in the global village in which we all live. We could not forget to identify a number of aspects, such as the nonverbal language as it conforms the body of language codes and complements verbal communication; and religion, which is the reason for being of many cultures, influencing their daily lives. In addition, we should not leave out manners and customs, which can be formal or informal and are transcendental for the dissemination of a particular culture, as well as esthetics, based on taste in music, arts, colors, clothing, beauty or ugliness.

Since intercultural interaction drives people to face destabilizing scenarios, it is necessary to have self-confidence and ability to master stress situations. Actually, we should resort to the sense of humor as an ice-breaking strategy. In short, the success of living in a world where multiculturalism is widely valued relies on the level of flexibility that allows different interlocutors to address sensitive issues with respect, distance and, above all, a desire to unlearn and learn constantly.

Canada can give you everything: security, employment, study, inclusion, quality of life and worldview, but it is also a responsibility of all who come to this country to protect it, to care for it, to respect regulations and not to pass over them. It is a responsibility to acquire Canadian principles and values and to educate future generations with these bases. It is a responsibility of all to learn from mistakes and thus try to prevent that in a country like Canada comes resentment, hatred, inequality, selfishness and neglect.

Canada opens the doors to the world, and as if it were your own house, you must take care of and protect it. No one has to be discriminated against, no one has the right to discriminate. The United States and the world are suffering and, now more than ever, we must be supportive, but also we must be grateful.

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