SpoiledPrincess’s thread concerning honesty begat IknowKK’s thread concerning her personal journey of self discovery which begat a comment on my part concerning introspection which begat SpoiledPrincess’s thread concerning how we come to know ourselves which begat the following: In the world of anthropology we devide ourselves in many ways. One way in which we classify ourselves is whether we belong to the school of globalism or the school of multiculturalism. The following are very simplified definitions. Globalism: The idea that our similarities outweigh our differences and that focus on our differences is the root of much strife between peoples. This theory dictates that we must learn to find what makes us the same in order to learn to understand and appreciate each other. Multiculturalism: The idea that we are all actually quite different and that attempting to deny these differences is the root of much strife between peoples. This theory dictates that we must learn to control our fear of difference in order to learn to understand and appreciate each other and what each has to offer. I am a multiculturalist. Before I pass from this big blue marble I want to have met every kind of person, tasted of every food and drink, and danced to every rhythm. I think different rocks! No one would argue that the Crayola box of 96 colors is better than the one with just 8, right? So why not the same with people? Which are you? Globalist or multiculturalist?