19 May 2011

a read.

Source: npr.org via Julie on Pinterest

To travel internationally is to become increasingly unnerved by the way American culture pervades the world.

"[McDonald's] golden arches do not represent our most troubling impact on other cultures," Watters writes. "Rather, it is how we are flattening the landscape of the human psyche itself. We are engaged in the grand project of Americanizing the world's understanding of the human mind."

This book seems very interesting to me. Sometimes, as an American living in Peru I catch myself in some confrontation and say why can't you just get it? Or why is this a problem? And we just want the other person to see things our way or for us to be able to put them in a box. But then you start to see some things about their culture that make sense and start to feel iffy about your own... wow how great is our God to not only have created us but such intricate and different systems of people...

Go check out this article at NPR.

I recently went from reading nothing at all, as far as books... to having several to choose from. I'm reading...

It has been very interesting and helpful in seeing anxiety and 'codepence' aka peer pressure in a bigger way. Welch calls how we feel when we base our decisions on others, be it in a positive or negative way, a fear of man, and traces it back to the first sin. It makes anxiety seem like such a bigger ballpark when you think of it in that frame, you fear people more than you fear God. wow. Where I am in the book now, he is talking about Abraham when he asked Sarah to pretend to be his sister instead of his wife, and discussing that as a fear of man instead of fear of God, or trust in God. When you think of a Biblical figure such as Abraham struggling with something like that, it gives you perspective. 



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