What does it me to be Afropolitan?
Finding beauty in otherness: The issue therefore is no longer how
different we are from others, but rather what we can learn from them,
from what we have in common with them. This implies a conscious effort
to affirm something in others and to seek to relate to them. Let it be
the starting point of encounter. The first question Afropolitans ask
when they encounter other people is: what do I (or can I) have in common
with this person? The next question is: what is beautiful or admirable
in this other? The third is: what can I learn from this person? By the
time they have answered all these questions, the issue of how they are
different from that person would have taken care of itself. Difference
becomes merely a reference point of individuality and respect rather
than a point of exclusion of the other.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
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