Big Planet, Small World

The Cambridge Dictionary defines culture as, “the way of life of a particular people, esp. as shown in their ordinary behavior and habits, their attitudes toward each other, and their moral and religious beliefs.”

There are a lot of people on this planet. In fact, there are over seven billion of us! We are spread across a place so big, that if a person could drive a car around the equator, they would travel over 24,900 miles.

These numbers seem huge, but if you think about it, we have been sharing this same planet for a very long time. So, while the vast amount of space and people has produced diverse cultures, we still share many things in common. Technology continues to lessen the cultural gap by increasing communication around the world.

No matter where people live, they smile when they are happy or cry when they are sad. As the saying goes, “Laughter is a universal language.” They also have worries and frustrations, and may even share a few of the same worries and frustrations we have!

So what’s the lesson? Don’t be afraid to connect with people from different cultures. Take time to get to know them and share about your culture as well. You may learn that you have more in common than you think. As Galatians 3:28 says, “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

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