Why is diversity valued? Diversity is different views that people have, understanding that each individual is unique ,and recognixing our individual diffrences. For example you can find diversity in race,heritage,customs, physical appearance, and mental capabilities. Diversity needs to be respected and valued because nobody is completely the same as someone else even if you fall in to the catagories that I have listed. People often reject what is different very quickly.
In the story, “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema”, by Horace Miner he talks about the Nacirema tribe and describes the body rituals that their society does on a regular basis that they view as the norm in their society and culture. While reading about these strange and unusual rituals, one can’t help but think that what these people are doing is totally and completely ridiculous. Ethnocentrism comes over and judgment takes place, but in reality some could view our American culture as just and crazy and strange. With every group of people comes their culture, every group has behaviors and strategies within their society that they practice and that is their norm. To understand a cultures norm, you must first understand why they do the things that they do.
Drabble is correct to argue that people tend to ignore truth in order to follow societal standards. In today's world it is often difficult to adjust to one type of lifestyle or another. The constant bombardments of outside opinions hamper our ability to choose and be comfortable with a certain way of living. Therefore, blind conformity is actually a molding of what is said to be normal in society instead of using differences to enhance humans. The malicious acts committed by Malcolm X reflect the idea that people ignore truth to conform to society.
The main point of this reading is to make us realize that there are hundreds of other cultures and everyone is different and be open minded about it. For example Horace mentions that Nacirema fears yet intrigued with the mouths, and believe that they have a lot to do with the social relationships. If they don’t perform the rituals for the mouth they believe that the mouth will fall out and their loved ones will reject them. Horace wrote this article because he wants us to understand the Nacirema culture because it is dissimilar than others. Different people act behave different in similar situation and respect their actions and see their point of view of their belief and their culture.
Body ritual among the Nacirema After reading the required reading "Body Ritual among the Nacrirema" I was surprised and yet disgusted that people actually went through such extremes measures to preserve and care for their bodies. The Nacirema tribe is described by anthropologist Horace Miner, as an old primitive tribe residing in North America with savage and barbaric Practices and rituals. Minor gives plenty of examples that would make the Nacirema tribe seem over obsessive and even animalistic. Minor describes the Nacrirema tribe as performing a special body ritual called the "mouth rite" which is basically the gruesome pulling of teeth, only to put " a special medicine" inside so that it cold fill holes in their mouths. Another example the author describes, is the ritual of certain medicine men who have a temple.
Aisha Reed Professor Navarette Sociology 10, 11 February 2013 Nacirema is American It is very difficult to think outside the box and let go of one’s cultural norms. It is very easy to point the finger in disgust and fall victim of ethnocentrism when it comes to an unfamiliar culture. The article Body Ritual among the Nacirema, by Horace Miner, brings to light a group of North American people, named Nacirema, that culture includes the obsession over rituals that are done to the human body. These rituals might seem different but try and take a culturally relative perspective and ask yourself, “Why?” Nacirema’s culture is highly developed and they are extremely committed to reaching economic goals. A substantial amount of money and time are spent on ritual deeds that are suppose to improve the appearance and health of the body.
The Body Ritual Among the Nacirema Week 4 Assignment HRM582 Professor Dr. C Keller Graduate School of Management By: Lesa Bonham 29 September 2013 The Body Ritual Among the Nacirema In viewing the cultural activities of the Nacirema I found it particularly gruesome in some of the rituals that the women were performing and their thoughts that the human body is ugly and that if the body were to have any sickness or disease the only way to rid of body of these is through their often times barbaric rituals that they perform. Their beliefs that shrines will help to keep the body cleansed of these diseases are what lead them to have a shrine in every hope and those of higher stature within the community will have many shrines which show to the community their higher status within their society. The rites or rituals are very private in nature to the Nacirema which are only done within the privacy of their own homes and among their own family and only with those children in their family who are old enough for their initiation into these mysterious practices. The Nacirema for that reason never allowed any outsiders to observe these rituals but would describe them in detail to some that had gained their confidence and acceptance into their society. One of the things that I thought fascinating was the fact that they too have a man in their society known as the medicine man which we know about from our history of the Native American Indians and their practices of having a medicine man that was responsible for the health and healing of the people of their tribes.
John Teems January 14, 2009 Answers to: “Body Ritual among the Nacirema” 1. My reaction to this (our) culture (when put in a cryptic, unbiased viewpoint such as it has been in this passage) is that we as a whole are a very particular and at times very strange culture. Taking into account the sadistic nature of some of our customs (i.e. body waxing, shaving, hair curling, tattooing, piercing); it makes me think “Why do we choose willingly to do these things to ourselves”? How did we evolve into this self-absorbed, vein, and sometimes self loathing people?
One of the biggest issues with physicians prescribing placebos is they are doing so without even telling their patients what it is. Many physicians feel that placebos will not work if they explain to their patient what they are giving them. So when prescribing placebos they often tell their patients that they are prescribing them something that has been effective with other patients. And if they do decide to get the patients consent for use of the medication, the physicians are not even required to say its true name, “placebo”. The reason physicians feel that placebos work without the patient knowing is because when the patients take the medicine they believe they will get better, which causes a physiological change in the body.
Isolation would not make the citizens happy because some countries do not have all the appropriate resources to live comfortably in a modern world. For example, there is North Korea. This country is completely isolated from the rest of the world, and the citizens are often forced to do things they do not want to do. They must "worship" the country's leader and will get serious punishment if they get caught saying bad thing about him, not following other rules, etc. The citizens do not get the appropriate health care either because they do not have access to experienced doctor's from other countries.