19 Mar BEING DIFFERENT
Last night Israel won the 2018 Eurovision contest.It’s a great platform to reflect on how we look at everything that is different, that which does not meet our perception.Netta Barzilai does not meet the 90/60/90 figure measurements nor does she have a conventionally beautiful face. But she has a message for us: “I am different, and I am perfectly ok with being different.”When we take her perception and attribute it to culture, we need to be mindful of the fact that there is a lot of diversity in today’s world. We often look at the world through our cultural lenses, but they are meant to correct our vision and not that of the other.Changing culture is a very difficult task to accomplish. It requires changing the values and perceptions that we learned as children, but if we learn to recognize our own biases, how our values affect the way we judge other people, and if we learn to judge others according to their own values instead of ours, we will have learned to understand people better, to accept them for who they are and for what they stand for.