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The general meaning of human differences and how these differences separate us from each other day-to-day will be expressed in this paper. According to Chris Truman's article on Mahatma Ghandi, he states one of Ghandi's many famous quotes, "No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive." What Ghandi's statement means to me will be interpreted with hopes of some literal understanding to each reader of this document to eventually ask themselves, "What does Ghandi's statement mean to me?" After reading this document you may ask yourself how you differ from others and you may also wonder about how your behavior affects you and those around you.

Human Differences

Human differences are how people actually differ from one another, whether if it's in their ethnicity (along with culture) or as simple as how they think differently from one another along with having different behavioral tactics. For example, some people believe there is a God and others don't. Some may believe in unity when others may practice segregation. We all share a difference in opinion along with differences in human behavior. Because we all practice different behaviors and beliefs it separates us into categorical situations. Our differences often help to distinguish our own personal identities. As quoted by Mahatma Ghandi, "No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive". I think what he meant was that no culture can survive without any interaction with other cultures because of their own lack of interaction with other cultures. The focus would obviously be predominately on their own culture instead of learning of others. It's as simple as no one can know pain until they learn love, for we never experience pain until we know love. We would never know the difference without feeling the opposite at some point. Just as we are all born in a barbaric state, we don't know right from wrong until it is taught to us. Therefore, we must experience other things, lives, and situations in order to better ourselves and learn with an open mind. The possibility of learning and acceptance can easily be exhausted before it is even given a chance, leading one astray into an indelible bliss.


Chris Trueman BA (Hons), MA, 2000 Mahatma Ghandi http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/mahatma_ghandi.htm

Parrillo, Vincent N. (2008), Understanding Race and Ethnic Relations 3rd Edition. William Patterson University: Pearson, Allyn, & Bacon



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