Socially and among medical professionals, coining has actually resulted in a good deal of confusion in western countries. It typically results in skin bruising, usually in a pattern of stripes. When a teacher or doctor is unfamiliar with the practice, trouble may result. Accusations of child and elder abuse have led to serious legal consequences. In some cases, medically, skin abrasions and even ruptures can lead to scarring and infection. In a few cases, coining injuries have led to death.
As in my case with the misunderstanding about coining, worldview must be considered. The actions of a person from another culture seen through my worldview window, might have a meaning to me that is completely wrong. Filtering the actions of others through your own cultural understanding is called ethnocentrism. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you think your culture is superior to another. But you are deciding to use what you already know and have experienced to determine what something means.
The thing about ethnocentrism is that, in one sense, we can’t help it. In many ways, what we grow up with that is good and right in our own minds seems like the way things ought to be, for everyone. That is pretty much our gut response. What we are trying to get you to see is that it’s there. We have our presumptions from our worldview window. We have ideas about how the world ought to work. The biggest question from this topic is this: what will you do with those presumptions?
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