America is a country open to immigrants. In addition to its original settlers, American people now contain cultures from all over the world. There are Jewish, Mexican, Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Chinese people, including those hailing from the various provinces of China as well as Taiwan. There are also other Asians, including Japanese, Korean, Malaysian, and more. Regardless of the number of races and cultures, they all mix together in the American melting pot. Any individual with the intent of stirring up racial conflict is subject to prosecution under the law. Its acceptance of different races makes America a truly great country.
The countries and regions in the world are clearly divided by borders. These same borders often separate distinct cultures. The latter are far more dangerous than the former, for the most difficult problems to deal with in this world are not between rich and poor, or wise and foolish, but between cultures.
Take China for instance. The differences between the five major ethnic groups—Han, Manchu, Mongolian, Uyghur, and Tibetan—have created problems for thousands of years. It was not until Dr. Sun Yat-sen, the founder of modern China, began advocating unity that the situation began to resolve.
Ethnic and racial conflicts are usually caused by differences in geography, languages, customs, and skin color. The gap between the rich and the poor can also create tension. With so much diversity between so many cultures, the complications often bring about adversity and resentment.
While marriages between different cultures may be a difficult for parents to accept, they have become increasingly popular. When there are differences in language and customs, time is required before one can accept the change.
Recent scientific breakthroughs have brought about the possibility of changing human genetics. It is already possible to clone sheep and cows. In the future, it may be possible to clone humans. If a scientist succeeded in altering the skin of a human being, he or she may even win the Nobel Prize. His or her achievement would be seen by some as a huge step for science.
For years, Buddha’s Light International Association has been encouraging its members to be global citizens Since we all live in the same world, we are part of an interconnected life. Only those who believe in the principle of coexistence between all humanity are truly qualified to be modern people of the 21st Century.