Sunday, April 20, 2014

Differences matter too

Last week I wrote about the idea of looking for similarities as a way to connect, develop an understanding and appreciation of places and cultures not our own.

This week it’s differences that are on my mind thanks to an article in the Globalist. (     “Russia and Europe:  Separated at Birth draws from Yegor Gaidar’s book Russia a Long View.   The article lists ten differences, economic and geographic , between Europe and Russia.  These are differences that shaped the attitudes, views of each other that are important to recognize as daily headlines shout out the tensions between the two.
To understand the events of today we often need to look backwards. What came before?  What led us to the opinions we now hold?  Similarities, differences, history.  They all matter.

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