Ethnocentrism: concept that needs to be discussed.

Updated: Mar 5, 2018


1. Sociology. the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.

2. Belief in the intrinsic superiority of the nation, culture, or group to which one belongs, often accompanied by feelings of dislike for other groups

Derived Forms

ethnocentric, adjective ethnocentrically, adverb ethnocentricity, noun

This is the very first concept I'm going to share with you because I think it's something important to know and to keep in mind. We all fall sometimes in the belief that our own culture, the way we do things, it's better than other cultures. This is a very sad way to conduct ourselves, a very isolating and ignorant way to navigate the world.

It's easy to fall in this trap because we learn how to live from our parents and that knowledge becomes ingrained in our minds. That's the only way we know how to live, how to do things, the language we use, etc. So we end up thinking that our way is the only way or the best way.

We need to open our minds and learn about other cultures and languages, respect them, see them as equals while admiring the differences. Not everybody has to speak the same language, not everybody has to accommodate you. We can be brave, come out of our shells and experience other ways. And if you are not interested in learning about other groups of people then at least admit your ignorance and respect them, stop judging, stop making fun of them or just stop spreading the same ignorant lies that you don't even bother checking if they're true.

There is nothing wrong with admitting one's ignorance about something, we can't possibly know everything there is to know in life. Our lives are not long enough to read all the books and we as species don't even know everything there is to know. We are constantly learning new things and we are constantly having to change what we think we know because it has been proven wrong.

That is why we have to keep our minds open and keep learning for the rest of our lives. Learning doesn't stop when school finishes. We need to keep our curious minds and stop being so arrogant, stop pretending we know everything. We are a society and we all learn from each other, that's how we move forward. #culture #diversity #peace