Orthodoxy, Orthopraxy and Orthopathy: Cultural Humility

 

Jody, the author of the blog, the link between worlds, has written an intriguing essay:  Some big words and helpful ideas for when the race conversation explodes | between worlds.

I resonate with the phrase, “cultural humility”.  When I travel I have three rules: 1. Go as a servant; 2. Learn as you go; and 3) Always be flexible.  The phrase cultural humility directly connects then with my first two rules.  There are two ways to see a jungle, one is to fly overhead, the other is to walk inside.  When you fly overhead, you see lots of trees and rivers, flocks of birds, and you may even catch a glimpse of say a monkey climbing on the top of a tree.  When you walk inside however, there’s a whole world that opens before you from the plants and critters on the ground, to the fruits, vines and critters that climb the trees around you.  When you fly overhead, you stay in the comfort of your own space–whether it’s a jet that took off from a big city and will land in a big city, or a smaller plane that took off and will land in a smaller town near to the jungle.  The inside of that plane has more to do with the city or town than it does with the jungle underneath the wings.  To walk into the jungle requires that you step out of the comfort of your city or town, and into the space known as the jungle.  That is the essence of cultural humility–to step out of the comfort of your home and into the adventure of someone else’s home.

 

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