The Diversity of Life

This article was first published on the 10th of November, 2014 and last updated on the 23rd of April, 2016 by Patrick Carpen.

The Diversity Of Life And Human Nature

When I was a kid, I used to watch so many beautiful television shows that inspired me and brought joy and happiness to my mind. One of my favorites was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. The witty Will Smith, Hillary, Carlton and Mr. Banks, along with the butler never failed to bring laughter to the lives of the people who watched.

I remember one episode where Carlton, the son of Mr. Banks, came in after a date with a girl and said something like “I just struck the first business deal ever, and yes, I protected my investment.” He was smiling and elated. Then his younger sister remarked with a sarcastic look on her face “Carlton lost his virginity, and he used a condom.” Indeed, that was what Carlton was trying to say.

Will Smith would show up day after day with one woman after the other and speak of one sexual encounter or the other. Such a lifestyle seemed pretty much a norm for the west, especially countries like America. The show did not represent reality, it was a comedy, but it didn’t stray too far from the reality: in many cultures around the world, such a lifestyle is a reality.

The women in the shows weren’t looked down upon, like in many eastern cultures, for their lifestyles, instead, they were lauded for the sex objects that they portrayed themselves to be. This brings us to the other end of the spectrum:

A Stark Contrast: The East Indian culture.

When Ashwairi Rai was speaking about gay issues, she said “the world is a diverse place”, implying that we must recognize and respect the differences of others, (in support of gay rights).

I would occasionally watch Bollywood films which told stories of arranged marriages, usually with virgins in their twenties, star-crossed lovers who commit suicide or run away because of parental disagreements and men and women whose whole lives were turned upside down by just one romance that went wrong. I’ve heard stories, both in the real and film world of women who were branded ‘bad’ and ‘whores’ because of just one or two relationships that turned sour.

Which is right and which is wrong, only God can answer, but, as Ashwaria Rai put it, the world is indeed a diverse place and many times, anything you can think about does exist: from one end of the spectrum to the other, and something in the middle.

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