Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I Reckon We're All in it Together
A Texan farmer goes to Australia for a vacation. There he meets an Aussie farmer and gets to talking. The Aussie shows off his big wheat field and the Texan says, "Oh! We have wheat fields that are at least twice as large!"
Next, they walk around the ranch a little and the Aussie shows off his herd of cattle. The Texan immediately says, "We have longhorns that are at least twice as large as your cows!"
Meanwhile, the conversation has almost died when the Texan sees a herd of kangaroos hopping through the field. He asks,
"And what are those?"
The Aussie asks with an incredulous look,
"Don't you have any grasshoppers in Texas?"
It's easy to stereotype. It's what the human mind does to make sense of the plethora of unavoidable information. But it's more important to break through stereotypes, shatter existing paradigms, and see things at more personal and magnified levels. I will never forget the human-sized grasshoppers, which Aussies call kangaroos.
Here's to the continuation of the conversation,