|Globalization is the trend toward a single world society, which includes communications, ease of travel, advertising, the Internet, popular culture and the increase of English as an International Language. This definition is pretty broad and speaks mostly for the North American society. Globalization involves assimilating our North American society into other cultures around the world.
I recently traveled to Cairo, Egypt, and it was a wonderful experience. I was able to see a different culture and not be influenced by the American culture for once in my life. One of the major things that stuck out to me was how much the Egyptian society wanted to be like Western society, whether it was Europe or the United States. The music was very up beat and the female artists wore skimpy clothes similar to our female artists. This surprised me, since Egypt is primarily a Muslim nation and Muslims believe that women are to be covered.
As a Christian in Egypt to serve and spread the news of Christ, I was interested to hear Muslims talk about life and what their view of the world is like. Many didn’t like the United States and George W. Bush. As Americans, we were automatically singled out and marked as agreeing with our government and our society; and we Americans are guilty of doing the same and assuming all Egyptians agree with their government.
As Christians we need to try to understand other cultures and not automatically think that other cultures should be like ours. For example, many other cultures view our women as what they see coming from Hollywood. In Egypt, they thought that the girls in our group were like the girls in Hollywood, and they let them know this quite frequently. Since our mission was to spread the love of Jesus, we tried to find ways to talk to some of the men about the fact that our girls were different. I am glad that our group was able to work on breaking down some of the walls that existed between our two cultures.
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