Connecting local responses around the world
My country, France, is dealing with many different cultural and social backgrounds, due to the immigration. Today, the government does not know how to take benefit from the diversity that our country presents, and instead of taking advantage of that richness, the government blames on it because thinks that immigration is the main cause for the current problems in the society (unemployment, violence, crime..). For me, it's a wonderful experience we are living, full of strengths in the cultural difference.
Those days, I am working at the library in the main city of my region, Annecy, one of the most expensive places in the country. On those sunny days, everybody is going out, with friends or family, to look up to the nice landscapes of springtime, or having good time in the sun. Many groups of young people go for a walk, just "hanging out" with their friends, doing "nothing" as the adolescents like doing it ;) I have been one adolescent too, so I write it knowingly :) One friend of mine, a few days ago told me: "Nowadays, I do not understand the teens. They just hang out, just walk and do nothing each day. When I was young, I liked playing football, roller-blading.. Now they do not like doing nothing".
Sometimes, I go out of the library, to take a breath or to give a call. Today, I was just taking a breath in the sun, in the street close to the library. The sound of a multicultural music came to my ears. In front of me, on the public place, a group of young people was practicing "break-dance". I could see that they came from different social and cultural backgrounds: well-off, or more humble, white, mixed-race or black, very young or older.. They were all dancing together, sharing their passion for the break-dance. The eldest helped the youngest. The practice of their common passion hides the difference between them, and it really touched me.
I've been very moved from what I've seen. It gives me HOPE for the future of our society. It was so beautiful to see them dancing all together. This common passion binds them together, ignoring the differences between them.
It is just a short and maybe insignificant story, but it really inspired me, and I'm just having a good feeling of HOPE and wanted to share it with all of you.