Cultural tolerance is a must: “No sir, I’m not inferior!”

indonesia 2019

Yogyakarta, Indonesia (Unsplash, 2019)

This article was exclusively written for the The European Sting by Ms. Bianca Batista dos Santos, a third year medicine student and works as Local Exchange Officer at IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar. She is affiliated to the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), cordial partner of The Sting. The opinions expressed in this piece belong strictly to the writer and do not necessarily reflect IFMSA’s view on the topic, nor The European Sting’s one.


When looking for the genesis of the word culture, according to the Oxford dictionary, it originates from the Latin, cultura, which means: to take care of. Therefore, culture is this caring for human nature, transforming it and this change depends on several aspects, such as age, gender, nationality, religion, education, among others. Each individual is unique, however, it is possible to unite them in cultural groups, according to their values, beliefs, behaviors and morals.

Yet, with cultural shock, some problems can arise, such as intolerance, xenophobia and ethnocentrism, which for many years enabled the “civilized” European white man to economically exploit so many countries in Africa and the Americas by imperialism, neocolonialism, justifying his acts claiming to be helping the colonized, exploited and enslaved people, bringing progress and civilization to those who didn’t have the same beliefs and customs.

Brazilian singer Rita Lee, in her music, cultural shock, gives the following message: “When I tripped on the ego. I was blind and I fell in the face. Cultural shock is normal. No sir, I am not inferior!” Here we perceive that there was initially a shock, there was confrontation, there was ego, ethnocentrism, but there was also awareness that there are no differences, there is no unevenness, we are all on the same level, no sir, I am not inferior!

As a Brazilian, I can say that although our country is recognized for its cordiality, kindness, receptive, yet there are differences between ourselves, among our own people. Blacks suffer discrimination because of their afro culture, their beliefs, candomblé, their orishas. The native people suffer prejudices by their rituals, by their superstitions.

However, all this should be valued, because it is part of who we are, a mixed race, who runs indigenous blood in their veins, runs the blood of black, yellow, white people. Who we are is the sum of all these worldviews, we are part of the Brazilian people, a people with so many differences, so many shocks, but at the same time it is united and seeks to live in harmony, with respect to life, understanding cultures.

The IFMSA with the human rights and peace committee (SCORP) provides discussions on refugees, disasters, ethics, discrimination, and much more. I as a medical student believe that such topics are very important for academic, professional and ethical training. Only with the full understanding of different cultures, with mutual respect, can we live in a world where peace and harmony between people reigns.

Where cultural shock is normal so that we can grow, have more creativity, more sensitivity, where cultural shock is normal and there is no disrespect, there is no prejudice, because “no sir, I am not inferior!”

About the author

Bianca Batista dos Santos is a third year medicine student and works as Local Exchange Officer at IFMSA Brazil Unicesumar. She is part of two academic leagues: ophthalmology and otolaryngology and neurology. She is also very active in college activities, from IFMSA campaigns, coordinating or participating, as well as conferences, congresses and scientific projects.

the sting Milestone

Featured Stings

Can we feed everyone without unleashing disaster? Read on

These campaigners want to give a quarter of the UK back to nature

How to build a more resilient and inclusive global system

Stopping antimicrobial resistance would cost just USD 2 per person a year

A multipolar world brings back the national champions

Latest Eurobarometer survey (July-August): Economic situation is EU citizens’ top concern in light of the coronavirus pandemic

Commission announces actions to make Europe’s raw materials supply more secure and sustainable

ECB to support only banks not Peoples

Transition between education and employment: how the internship culture is threatening the foundations of our education

The European Sting @ the European Business Summit 2014 – Where European Business and Politics shape the future

€2 billion to fast forward the creation of the European Innovation Council

Financiers can turn the world into a dirty and dangerous place

UN chief hopeful for Libya, after Quartet meeting in Tunis

Final vote on European Solidarity Corps

Global South cooperation ‘vital’ to climate change fight, development, Guterres tells historic Buenos Aires summit

Two peacekeepers killed in an attack against UN convoy in Mali

‘Endemic’ sexual violence surging in South Sudan: UN human rights office

This Indian school accepts plastic waste instead of fees

Insurer CEOs Reveal Marketing Strategies that Communicate the True Value of Insurance Products & Services to the Customer

After globalization what? Europe’s long, straining shake-up post Davos wreckage

Large parts of the world are growing more fragile. Here are 5 steps to reverse course

More answers from Facebook ahead of Parliament hearing today

Digital business is Europe’s best hope to get back to growth

Children in crisis-torn eastern Ukraine ‘too terrified to learn’ amid spike in attacks on schools

I went blind at age 5, but managed to stay in education. We must ensure 93 million children with disabilities get the same chance

Brexit: reciprocal visa-free access for EU and UK nationals

In 1975 NASA envisioned future life in space would look like this

Climate Change : An Already Health Emergency

China Unlimited Special Report: The trip to China

Commission publishes EU Code of Conduct on countering illegal hate speech online continues to deliver results

UN rights chief calls for release of hundreds abducted and abused in South Sudan

Peace in the Gulf ‘at a critical juncture’ says DiCarlo, urging continuation of Iran nuclear deal

European Vocational Skills Week: ‘VET for Green and Digital Transitions’

Commission to decide on bank resolution issues

Conditions deteriorating alarmingly in Yemen, warns senior UN official

Federalist EU ‘naively’ believes Washington shares her TTIP high fever

Lessons in disaster relief from the world’s most cyclone-battered state

Violence against women a ‘mark of shame’ on our societies, says UN chief on World Day

Global economy faces gravest threat since the crisis as coronavirus spreads

COVID-19 has ushered in the age of the ‘intangible company’. Here are 4 ways it will change business

Vaccination challenges for middle and low-income countries

Youth not prioritised in new Commission

Two refugees explain what COVID-19 means in their precarious world

Team Europe contributes €500 million to COVAX initiative to provide one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for low and middle income countries

EU-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement sees the light as Moscow’s reaction once more looms

FROM THE FIELD: Photos highlight agony of West African civil wars

90% of plastic polluting our oceans comes from just 10 rivers

Estonia is making public transport free

These are the world’s best universities by subject

COVID-19: Commission creates first ever rescEU stockpile of medical equipment

Can we create an empathic alternative to the capitalist system?

Gender Equality Index 2019: Still far from the finish line

5 things you may not know about Dubai

In this Tokyo cafe, the waiters are robots operated remotely by people with disabilities

What does leadership mean in an age of perpetual change?

Economy and living standards of Gaza ‘eviscerated’ by crippling blockade – UN trade and development report

EU Copyright Directive: Will US tech giants comply or ditch the EU market?

Thousands of health professionals call on world leaders to prioritize a greener future, post-pandemic

Tobacco-free public space – how is the European law executed in my country?

Turning waste into wealth: World Habitat Day focus on cleaning up cities

EU Budgets: Europe hoping for Xmas gifts

These are the world’s most competitive economies

What lies ahead for the Korean Peninsula?

6th Edition of India m2m + iot Forum to open its door on 14th January, in association with The European Sting

More Stings?

Advertising

Speak your Mind Here

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s