Cross-Cultural Connections, 3: Right, Wrong, and Different

Elmer learned early on to categorize behavior mostly as either right or wrong, with some few practices being allowed of others that was simply different. Without realizing it, most of us tend to view ourselves as right and others as wrong, with a little room for things that are simply different. He states the importance of keeping the categories of right and wrong – of not becoming cultural relativists. Yet, our initial stance toward another culture should be as a learner, not as a correcter. As a correcter, we, along with the monkey, are likely to fix by force something that doesn’t need fixing. Learn first, don’t correct first.

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