intolerance versus ignorance
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.CC.BUFFALO.EDU)
Wed, 31 May 1995 13:59:17 EDT
Having myself been somewhat of a world traveler a number of years
ago, I found that various countries have various cultures, and
different 'versions' of scouting. Some are quite good, and I
found that some had some very good programs, but that they would
not FIT the USA model of BSA. However, they were still good
programs. At the same time, scouting in the BSA model could not
work in all nations and cultures. But most in BSA find that
the program in the USA is still working and providing a service
to the youth of the USA. Scouting in different countries, like
the government, the people and religions are all different.
I have found many good ideas from other scout groups, as well
as many wonderful people of different religions.
We should learn to appreciate diversity! We are not all the same!
Diversity does not mean that any one group is better than another,
but they are different. I for one, very much enjoyed the chance to
learn from different scouts, and different cultures. Every place
you go, you can find some good ideas, IF YOU CHOOSE to look. But,
if you choose to be intolerant of new ideas, you simply will remain
ignorant of a great wealth of valuable resources.
If you evey have the chance to live in another culture for a few
years, you may also find that some of the ways of the BSA and the
USA are not the best after all. We can, and should, strive to learn
the best from each other, and to be willing to share what we learned.
Otherwise, ignorance and intolerance will what we leave behind for
our future generation to judge us upon. If we choose the narrow
path of our single minded vision for the future, others will, and
have, pass us bye, as they move into the future, and we reamin
in the past, trying only to rekindle some past success. Sure,
we can learn a great deal from the past, but we need to take the
best, and move on towards a better future.
Don Izard, scouter, global resident
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City