I love other nations and learning about their cultures. I do. I speak French, have been to 9 different countries in my life. I am learning Romanian on my own. I am intrigued by how different cultures view life and how they have developed, and believe we can all learn much from different cultures.
However, I tire of people blatantly showing their appreciation of these different cultures, especially in the arts. I have come to think of these expressions as akin to the rich Jews making loud noises when giving in the Temple, which Jesus criticized. There’s just no need to truly appreciate African or German or Japanese culture without banging people over their heads with it.
What makes me think this is over used? I feel like every time I go to a concert there is some homage to a different culture. Seriously, it is great that the director wants to show an appreciation of African music, but sometimes, it just feels forced. Not every Holiday show needs cultural embellishment.
But I wonder if it is more than that. Cultural appropriation, maybe? Halloween costumes can be considered cultural appropriation, so why not musical concerts? I do not believe there is malice here, and I don’t think most others would, either, however I just wonder if it goes too far. Its like we are the rich Jewish people gathering attention to how much they give, but instead of donating money to the Temple, we are saying how culturally open we are.
I wonder why we cannot just appreciate our own culture and our own cultural accomplishments. This is not a slight against other cultures: it is merely a recognition that we have nice things, too. And we can appreciate all of them, the other culture and ours, without having to prove it to others.
And that is the moral: why can’t we just move forward without having to prove anything except our own character? On the other side of the coin, why do we expect others to prove anything but their own character? And how do we judge character? That answer is not how many multicultural references they have in their life.