Why are we rude?
We have to accept the fact that we are often rude to some people, and that some people are often rude to us. Acting too friendly might be misinterpreted as having certain hidden intentions, or that your mind if not working as it should. Being friendly with strangers will result in a hostile look, or in avoidance.
The same thing might happen if one stranger would start saying hello to you on the street, ask about your day, and so on. You might believe that he is insane, or that he wants something from you, and so on. Each culture has different customs, from the greetings clothing, social behaviors, and so on. When we meet a foreigner we are interested in his customs and traditions, but they can also be a source of conflict as well. Just look at all the wars which are going on for religious reasons. That does not make sense, because religion is supposed to be about peace, and love, but it still happens. It seems that there might be a reason why we are so diverse, and Mark Schaller and Damian Murray of the University of British Columbia, and Corey Fincher and Randy Thornhill, both at the University of New Mexico, might have the answer for it. They said that the diseases might cause us to react in a certain manner, and to be hostile to the foreigners.
They said that the reason why we are mean to the strangers is because we are afraid not to get certain diseases from them. Sure, they might not be sick, and the fears might make no sense, but that is the way it is. The fear of getting sick might influence the way in which we move, in which we behave in society, react, and so on. We avoid strangers, and as a result we become even more different from them. It seems that we behave like the ancient tribes, and we get grouped together. The group of scientists has stated that this is the main reason why in the poor countries there might be more languages and cultures than in the evolved countries. Ghana has many diseases and has 89 languages, whereas Sweden which has fewer diseases has 15 countries. The group has also stated that xenophobia can lead to war, and it often does in most of the cases. The more differentiated the cultures are, the higher are the chances for wars to occur. That leads to all sort of problems, the biggest of them all being poverty, which once again leads to even more conflicts and so on.
It seems that diseases are connected to the cultures as well. If a culture would have not allowed the consumption of pork, then maybe many diseases would have not occurred. However, Fincher has said that the example is extreme, but one thing can lead to other things which might have bigger consequences. In most of the cases it is best to stay away from the people who say that they can explain things through a single theory. Since Fincher and his group are biologists, and they are talking about an issue which might be more suitable for the cultural anthropologists, who are really the experts in this domain, things get even more complicated. It is said that the biologists see the generalities in particulars in most of the cases, and that the approach is wrong. The group of scientists analyzed the places of the world, and tried to see if the places which are poorer, and thus with more diseases more xenophobic. Yes, these countries are more xenophobic, and as a result, conflicts occur in those places much often than in the developed countries.
The situation is even worse in the case where the deadly diseases such as AIDS are more common, and it makes sense if you think about it. Those people are interested in protecting the community, so they can not be too kind to the strangers as well. They are not to blame, as probably each community would to the same thing if they would be in that situation. The people from the areas where the diseases are very common are not too open to the strangers, and they are not willing to experience new things. The scientists have stated that if we meet someone new, and these people do not like to get too close to us, then the scientists said that these people might come from places where the diseases are very common. There are many people who are doubtful about the fact that the diseases can shape out behaviors in this manner. The diseases have this power, and the best example for this is the situation with the swine flu. When this diseases appeared people started shaking hands less than they normally would, they tended to keep the distance more than usually.
The disease had the power of changing the religious customs, as the churches did not allow people to drink from the same holy cup. There are some who say that the poor countries get together as well, and the main reason why they manage to do that is food. They said that when people have a common goal, such as growing food, they get together. Sure, they do het together, but they still do not welcome the strangers. One thing is for certain: we do not have complete control over the way in which we talk, and over the way in which we behave. Our sexuality, our language, and many other aspects are influenced by certain factors, whether we like it or not. We might believe that we behave in the way we want to behave, but when something wrong happen, we no longer control ourselves. When a disease hits, we are afraid of it, and we might start being ruder, or not so friendly to the people around us. We act in that manner because we want to live, and we are afraid that the disease might kill us.11