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Our culture is our behavior, habits, and traditions.
It's derived from our mind set and how we look at the world.
An individual culture is a particular viewpoint of how
the world works, a theory of reality.

What is reality to you?
Who taught you that; how did you learn it?
Our culture is the structure, background and backbone of our life.
Culture is the netting that holds us up and connects us together.

Points of View

The American investment banker was at the pier of a small
coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just one
fisherman docked. Inside the small boat were several large
yellow fin tuna. The American complimented the Mexican on
the quality of his fish and asked how long it took to catch

The Mexican replied, only a little while.

The American then asked why didn't he stay out longer and
catch more fish?

The Mexican said he had enough to support his family's
immediate needs.

The American then asked, "but what do you do with the rest
of your time?"

The Mexican fisherman said, "I sleep late, fish a little,
play with my children, take siesta with my wife, Maria,
stroll into the village each evening where I sip wine and
play guitar with my amigos, I have a full and busy life."

The American scoffed, "I am a Harvard MBA and could help
you. You should spend more time fishing and with the
proceeds, buy a bigger boat with the proceeds from the
bigger boat you could buy several boats, eventually you
would have a fleet of fishing boats. Instead of selling your
catch to a middleman you would sell directly to the
processor, eventually opening your own cannery. You would
control the product, processing and distribution. You would
need to leave this small coastal fishing village and move to
Mexico City, then LA and eventually NYC where you will run
your expanding enterprise."

The Mexican fisherman asked, "But, how long will this all

To which the American replied, "15-20 years."

"But what then?"

The American laughed and said that's the best part. "When
the time is right you would announce an IPO and sell your
company stock to the public and become very rich, you would
make millions."

"Millions.. Then what?"

The American said, "Then you would retire. Move to a small
coastal fishing village where you would sleep late, fish a
little, play with your kids, take siesta with your wife,
stroll to the village in the evenings where you could sip
wine and play your guitar with your amigos."

from Peter Beloin and his amigo.


Student Exchanges

Exchange student programs are a valuable opportunity to experience another culture, or to host someone who may see life quite differently than we do. Sometimes life-long connections and friendships are made.

As wonderful as these travel programs are, I've always said that another, budget student exchange program could be set up right here in the U.S. Students could live with a family from another income bracket, political belief, another race, a different religion, or another area of the country. Even student exchanges between different areas of the same city would certainly help expand that little bubble of reality and preconceived mindset that we all carry with us.

A national program doesn't have the sex appeal of traveling to another country. But think of the valuable learning experience, the intimate understanding of another way of life, and the connections this type of program could foster.

Questions for heterosexuals


1. What do you think caused your heterosexuality?

2. When and how did you decide you were a heterosexual?

3. Is it possible that your heterosexuality is just a phase
that you may grow out of?

4. Is it possible that your heterosexuality stems from a
neurotic fear of others of the same sex?

5. Do you parents know you are straight? Do your friends
and/or roommates know?

6. Why do you insist on flaunting your heterosexuality?
Can't you just be who you are and keep it quiet?

7. Why do heterosexuals put so much emphasis on sex?

8. Why do heterosexuals feel compelled to introduce others
to their lifestyle?

9. A disproportionate majority of child molesters are
heterosexual. Do you consider it wise to expose children to
heterosexual teachers?

10. Just what do men and women do in bed together?

11. Bearing in mind the current divorce rate, why are there
so few stable relationships between heterosexuals?

12. Considering the menace of overpopulation, how could the
human race survive if everyone were heterosexual?

13. There seem to be very few happy heterosexuals.
Techniques have been developed that might enable you to
change if you really want to. Have you considered aversion

14. Would you want your child to be heterosexual, knowing
the problems they would face?

-from Joke of the day