When you get into a plane, on which side do you sit: right, left or is it unimportant? Of course, this applies when you have not been assigned one seat before. Let’s say, you have to travel on one of those low-cost airlines where they make you choose your place as you enter the aircraft. At the end of this article, you might be tempted to figure out where do you actually place yourself regarding culture.
Two weeks ago, I was living in one European country. It is not necessary to specify which country I was living in, but I spent four months of my life discovering the truth about the old continent and its people.
Have you ever heard of a cultural shock? I guess some people have experimented at least once this bizarre moment, where you are actually realizing that you were raised within some parameters that are not especially “global”.
It is pretty interesting to compare your reactions with the reactions of someone else with a different cultural background. But if I have to confess something, being conscious of the components of your own culture, doesn’t always mean that you are ready to adapt to a new reality, nor that you should not understand that you might have to modify your habits or thoughts for a while.
For a foreigner, it can be harsh to do anything that it takes to be considered a local and after all being asked about your cultural background. But it can also be difficult to isolate yourself because you simply decided to stay as “the outsider” who does not want to get involved with the locals.
When it comes to cultures, there are people who are proud of what they are and others who are willing to change their beliefs, just to fit in someplace else. And it is, this crucial moment after you know that you think different, when you need to decide to which group you belong.
I do not think that someone has evaluated this aspect before experimenting living in a foreign country. It is not necessary if you are planning to stay forever in the land that saw your first steps. I think some authors may consider me a bit radical, on the existence of these two groups of people. Nevertheless, I am convinced that it can function as well as the right or left sides of an airplane.
Either you decide to go defend your culture, or you start modifying your inner self because you found out something new, that appears to work better in your political view. And the people, who are in the corridor, are the ones who have not yet identify their culture because they have not been able to compare it with others. They are in this sort of limbo, which I think can be considered paradise since they believe the concept “my own culture” is non-existent.