Peyk Magazine

Persian Cultural Center's Bilingual Magazine

Celebrating Diversity – Learning To Respect Differences

Once again, it is time for the jubilation of our New Year and a new day.  Time to say farewell to the dormancy of another winter season and welcome the rejuvenation of our Mother Earth with the coming of spring.  We should get ready to dance with the blossoming of every flower and be thankful to have been given another spring to celebrate and enjoy the blessings of being alive.

As I write this editorial, early February it will be the beginning of the Chinese New Year, the year of the Monkey. Less than a month ago we celebrated the coming of 2016 in the Gregorian calendar. Now coming up on the first day of spring will be a great celebration, representing a new year for nearly 300 million people around the world.

Due to the amazing progress in technology, we have become a global family involved in one another’s cultural heritages and celebrations,    giving us the opportunity to be joyous together, and an opportunity to learn the art of tolerance, respect and acceptance of one another and our differences.

Our Mother Earth has around 7 billion living children in 195 nations.  We are of different cultural backgrounds and habits, different languages, and different religions.  According to infoplease.com “There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages in the world today.  However, about 2,000 of those languages have fewer than 1,000 speakers.”  Ethnologue also reports “a total of 238 languages in the United States, 162 of which are ‘living’.”

Today, one thing is for sure, in all corners of the world the majority of world citizens are operating a cell phone with all kinds of gadgets and/or at least a computer. We can even see each other’s backyards across the world if we choose to. This is how close we are to one another whether we want to recognize these facts or not. We really are a global family and it would be advantageous to all of us to act as a family and support and protect one another.  If nothing else, the natural global disasters of recent years should have taught us this lesson.

Annually from November first to mid-January there are over 30 global celebrations, national as well as religious. Thus, here are my resolutions for whatever days of life are left for me to enjoy and celebrate.  There are 195 nations on earth and each must have at least one specific day of celebration that represents them – I want to celebrate that nation and its people on their special day.  I want to learn more about them and their cultural heritage. Wouldn’t it be different and a positive experience if ALL the news media throughout the world would begin by teaching us each day the reason for celebrations and the background of the celebrants of our world?  Wouldn’t understanding one another bring tolerance and begin paving a road to global peace?

“I have learned that a man has only the right to look down to another when he has to help him to stand up.  There is always a tomorrow and life gives us the opportunity to do things right.” Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Our New Year brings the message of a new life, hope, gratitude, respect and the wisdom to always remember:  Good Thoughts, Good Words and Good Deeds for all humanity.

The Editorial Board of Peyk Wish You a Happy Season of Spring
with Prosperity and
Good Health for the Year Ahead.

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