Ethnocentrism And Cultural Relativism : Ethnocentrism

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Ethnocentrism and Cultural relativism are two concepts similar, but different. Ethnocentrism and Cultural relativism both share a similar practice of trying to understand other beliefs and cultures, but they are both hugely different. See Ethnocentrism is having the belief that one’s country and culture is the best and is the right way to go and that you are right and everyone else is wrong. While Cultural relativism is understanding other cultures, countries, and their beliefs. I believe I am a Cultural relativistic, but I have my share of ethnocentric ideas. I haven’t had many recently, but I can say I have had these ideas before. I think I was around 11 years old, and I just moved to Houston, and my family was invited to a dinner by our neighbors whom are really country. Well when we arrived they had a dead pig on the table, and I am a vegan, and I don’t believe in the killing of animals. Well I sat down, and I nicely stated I would not be eating, and in my head I thought about how disgusting this was, and this shouldn’t even be a thing. Especially because I was an 11 year old vegan with disgust on my mind. As I sit and drink water, due to meat being the only thing available at the table, the man at the table starts talking and says “How can someone not eat meat? Meat is so good, what need do we need for animals that are alive, they are just food, and they shouldn’t be roaming freely like us.” My face went from being a poker face to disgust face, and I just couldn’t sit…

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