People in South America arrive late to meetings, spend hours eating dinner and will stay late into the early talking to a new acquaintance because these people value relationships. Why is this a foreign concept to Americans?
Senora was telling her students in her Spanish II class today about the major differences in cultural behavior. After discussing what I summarized in the paragraph above, a student said, "Oh, this is why Mexicans are lazy."
Truly, only slight blame can be placed on this student because the majority of Americans actually think that statement is true. (Majority may seem an extreme word to use, but unfortunately, I feel comfortable using it). I am not speaking poorly of this student, I am just feeling sorry for her for listening to incorrect and exposed stereotypes.
Why is it so ingrained in our minds that we must have a daily routine telling us when we should eat, how many calories we can consume, when and how often we should exercise, when we have time to call our parents? How can we continue living this stuffy boxed in lifestyle. What does our heart say?