TBIMG Question #7 ~ Cultural Similarities

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TBIMG Question #7 ~ Cultural Similarities

Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jul 15, 2007 10:42 am

What similarities could you see between Iraqis and Westerners?
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Unread postby suec » Sun Jul 15, 2007 5:58 pm

Several, for instance in the depictions of family life. The interest in gardening also. I don't know about America, but the UK is supposed to be a nation of gardeners. Come to think, I'm not so sure about that - these days, the garden has become popular as an outside area to eat and socialise. But I come from a family of gardeners, and reading about Mahdi's pride in his prize gardenias was instantly recognisable - apart from the choice of plants that is. I also think that pride in his country and heritage is a pretty universal feeling: it's just that the pride is in different countries and heritages.
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Unread postby gemini » Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:11 pm

Their life style with modern vehicles and freeways and beautiful houses with gardens. Although I see some dress reserved and some women still stay covered , many are dressed in cloths exactly like we do here in the West. I think before this war many Americans had the idea they were a backward country. I think they also have class divisions between those with a lot of money and those with an average lifestyle just as we do here. Their pride in being well educated.
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Unread postby Betty Sue » Sun Jul 15, 2007 6:13 pm

I am not really up on all Westerners :blush: so feel free to correct. :cool: I believe we all are an ethnic mix and a religious mix, though we Westerners are at least a little better at getting along with the differences than the Iraqis. :eyebrow: Both cultures have a fascination with sports and an appreciation of the arts and antiquities.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Sun Jul 15, 2007 7:33 pm

Good answers so far! This was kind of a tough one but I think it is interesting to focus a bit on our likenesses instead of our differences.
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Unread postby Linda Lee » Wed Jul 25, 2007 12:58 am

Some of the similarities I saw were:
1. love of family and a stong desire to keep them safe
2. pride in providing for the family
3. enjoyment of gardening
4. love of learning
5. curiousity
6. pride in progress at work
7. teamwork and camraderie between the scientists on the team
8. compulsive watching of the news in time of crisis
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Jul 25, 2007 9:46 am

Thanks for going back to add your answer to this one, Linda Lee. Nice list! :cool:
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Unread postby Liz » Wed Jul 25, 2007 1:27 pm

DeppInTheHeartOfTexas wrote:Thanks for going back to add your answer to this one, Linda Lee. Nice list! :cool:


I thank you too, Linda Lee, because I never went back to look at this question after I returned from my camping trip. (It totally slipped my mind.) :blush: So thanks for bringing it to my attention again. Great answers all, to which I have nothing to add.
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Unread postby Linda Lee » Wed Jul 25, 2007 2:34 pm

Thanks for asking the question, DITHOT, it was interesting thinking of things from this perspective.
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Unread postby DeppInTheHeartOfTexas » Wed Jul 25, 2007 3:55 pm

It's interesting to look at things from the flip side sometimes.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -

Wow! What a ride!


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