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Kosmopolis Institute Publications Day 23: Think twice

Day 23: Think twice

Day 4 without classes. This probably sounds more relaxing as it is. Within two days we need to be done with our projects and present them to the group. Tomorrow the first two groups will present their projects. We will be third and last group and the only group presenting on Thursday.


I have the honor to be part of the pluralism effect group. I hear you thinking: what is the pluralism effect? A good question; even we still struggle explaining the topic. To say it simplified: because of globalization almost every citizen in this world is more and more confronted with different believes, practices and customs. Just tolerating and living next to each other is one way of dealing with it. By doing this you would miss the richness of being in contact and learning from each other. Pluralism is the solution. Pluralism also has a side effect. Some believes, practices and customs are incompatible with each other. An example (also dealt with in our project) is the Danish cartoon riot. In this case it is about freedom of speech versus blasphemy.


During my project I have been confronted with my own behavior. I noticed that I get extremely pissed off when someone denies rape can happen within a marriage. I think forced sex greatly affects the dignity of the women, also within marriage. But while I was judging everyone who would deny the existence of marital rape, I looked down. I bought the jeans I wore at H&M, a company known for the deprived labor conditions in their factories in Bangladesh. Although I know the inhumane working conditions under which my jeans were made still I buy H&M clothes. I had to conclude that it is so much easier to judge others than changing your own habits.


I would like to ask you: When was the last time you judged someone? Wherefore?

And when was the last time you did something you could be judged on by others?


I do not promote passivity when it comes to human rights. We should fight it, and mainly stimulate each other to do so. I just want to ask you: before looking to your neighbor, what could you change in your life? 


Karlijn Bunnig is a student at the University for Humanistic Studies and is interested in connecting with different cultures. She has been living in a township in South Africa but grew up in the Netherlands this experience has made her aware of the different circumstances people grow up and live in around the world.