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If you look at any world news program you might realize that you have greatly enlightened yourself with facts about the United States Most of the world knows that the US is the one and only super power But what about the people in the US Only 20 of Americans own a passport and only one of every four Americans says that they know enough about other countries to understand current world events Why is this you may ask well as you may have realized there is very little education about the rest of the world in the US Starting with the news programs they are filled with nothing but information about the US We have for the most of our history isolated ourselves in this cocoon After September 11h there is this urgent need to reach out to the outer world and understand the others better to make this world a better place to live in Firstly in order to look at the bigger picture we need to understand the diversity and complexity of other cultures How do we do this Well in order to cultivate the interest in understanding we need to appreciate and respect the entity which we are trying to understand in this case people of other cultures I find this theology most wonderfully practiced in India where most people follow Hinduism According to Hinduism God does not reside in a single place like heaven but in every human being When you go to someones house as a guest you are greeted with your greeters hands joined together and this is accompanied by a bow Isnt this the way you pray Ie with your palms together Your greeter is recognizing the God in you This extreme form of respect and appreciation cultivates this urge to learn about other people as you understand that they are just like you The lord resides in you just like the lord resides in
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