We all live in our bubbles. A comfort zone that gets formed due to our current environment that is made of age or place or people and most specifically our journey. Reasons we develop a sort of cultural tunnel vision are –
Targeted Social Media
Social Media today validates every single aspect of our thinking. Thus, any news and information we get is just more news to confirm our “know” rather than challenge you or broaden your perspective.
Life Less Traveled
Let’s face it! As awesome as traveling is, as parents it is rare to overcome our daily struggles to embark on new adventures frequently. And even when we do manage to take a trip, we visit the “main attractions”. You will rarely be able to get a glimpse of the real life in the city you are visiting.
Fear of Losing Our Heritage
If you are living in a city different than the one you have grown up in, you will know what I am talking about. We fear losing our heritage. We want our children to know enough to pass it on to their children. In many cases, we start reaching more into our own community or heritage. Even though we may strive to maintain a balance between the many cultures around us, this fear prevents us from opening ourselves to new aspects of different cultures.
“The world is a very small place”. We have started taking this so much to heart that we forget to explore the many facets it has to offer. Since we all are naturally drawn to our community, we never learn the real differences. That leads to blindness at the core.
Indians, Bangladeshis, Pakistanis all look similar to Caucasian Americans. Chinese, Japanese, Nepalese all look similar to Indians and All Americans are stereotyped around the world based on sitcoms like Friends or How I Met Your Mother. When in fact, many American families have the same value system as Indian families and life in Las Vegas, Nevada is very different from that of Richmond, Virginia : both thriving cities in the United States.
Cultural tunnel vision has become our new normal.
And subconsciously, we pass this on to our children. When in fact, they are inevitably going to be part of a culture that is less ours and more of that, which surrounds them.
As parents, it is our duty to expand the perception of our future and introduce them to new horizons. When we get involved and get them introduced to new ideas, we enable them to better handle life’s many challenges.
At RwC, we will introduce you to scenarios that you yourself may not have experienced but that exist. We give you tools to break out of your shells with universal content, providing your family with a broader world view.
We all are in ships, struggling across the seas. But each ship has it’s own ecosystem, weather patterns etc. We give you a peak into the lives of other ships traveling parallel to you.
To create awareness of the common thread that breathes though the fabric of our collective present. When we open our minds to new views, we are better equipped to inject new life into old thought processes. To give parents a broader world view empower families to create that perfect balance of modern thinking, cultures and their own heritage.
Learning from old stories, sub cultures of each city, and providing tools to children to become a part of dialogue in diversity, we create a more unified tomorrow : more aware and empathetic to our differences and similarities.
Raising World Children magazine is global platform for –
- How a culture affects a life/parenting.
- The struggles people of a region face in their day to day life.
- Guides about food, travel, health, parenting multi cultural kids.
- Kids sharing what they think about life.
- Folk lore famous in specific cultures.
- Historical figures from around the world.
- A place to see what different cities actually look like.