Imagine that all people in your home country, from the beginning of time, today and for all future, were born with two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth and a pair of sun glasses with yellow lenses. No one has ever thought that it is strange that people wear sun glasses all the time, it has always been like that and they are like a part of the human body. Everyone wears them.
Take of your sun glasses and look at them.
It is the values, attitudes, ideas that people in your country share which gives the glasses their yellow colour. Everything everyone has seen, been taught and experienced have entered the brain through the yellow lenses. Everything has been filtered through those values and those ideas which colours the glasses yellow. The yellow lenses are your attitudes, your faith, your values and your cultural background.
Thousands of miles away, in another country, there are people who from the beginning of time, today and for all future have been born with two legs, two arms, two eyes, two ears, a nose, a mouth and a pair of sun glasses with blue lenses. None has ever thought that it is strange that people wear sun glasses all the time, it has always been like that and they are like a part of the human body. Everyone wears them. Everything the people in this country have seen, been taught and experienced have been filtered through the blue lenses.
Once there was a person travelling from your country to the other country. She was smart and understood that if she wanted to learn about the other country and the other people she had to get a pair of blue glasses to be able to “see”. When she arrived in the other country she had made sure she had got a pair of blue glasses. She stayed for three months and felt that she really learned a lot about the other people values, faith and ideas. She could really “see” with the help of the new blue glasses. When she arrived home to her own country she became an expert on the other country and proudly told a lot of interested listeners that the other culture is green.