Staying True to Their Roots

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Post by geoffrey ngoima » 02 Oct 2017, 12:21

Do you think the characters (like Tom, Walleye/William...)were justified in staying true to their roots/acknowledging their ancestry against a judgemental/biased society/world?
Do you face that in your everyday life?
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Post by gali » 02 Oct 2017, 23:14

I think they were justified in staying true to their roots as traditions are important. One has to respect his past while moving on with the times.
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Post by Christina Rose » 03 Oct 2017, 00:27

I definitely feel like the characters were justified in staying true to their roots. Regardless of how judgemental society may be, we have to be true to ourselves. Strong cultural values and traditions aren't always easy to uphold, and are even more difficult to defend if and when that becomes necessary. It's important, though. It's who we are, and where we came from.

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Post by Amagine » 03 Oct 2017, 05:30

Christina Rose wrote:I definitely feel like the characters were justified in staying true to their roots. Regardless of how judgemental society may be, we have to be true to ourselves. Strong cultural values and traditions aren't always easy to uphold, and are even more difficult to defend if and when that becomes necessary. It's important, though. It's who we are, and where we came from.
It's important to remember who you are and where you come from. If everybody forgot their roots, we would all be the same thing, believing in the same thing. Our roots give us individuality.
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Post by gali » 03 Oct 2017, 06:17

Amagine wrote:
Christina Rose wrote:I definitely feel like the characters were justified in staying true to their roots. Regardless of how judgemental society may be, we have to be true to ourselves. Strong cultural values and traditions aren't always easy to uphold, and are even more difficult to defend if and when that becomes necessary. It's important, though. It's who we are, and where we came from.
It's important to remember who you are and where you come from. If everybody forgot their roots, we would all be the same thing, believing in the same thing. Our roots give us individuality.
Ditto! I agree with both of you! A world where all are the same is a boring one.
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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Oct 2017, 07:55

gali wrote:I think they were justified in staying true to their roots as traditions are important. One has to respect his past while moving on with the times.
I agree with this completely. As long as your traditions aren't against the law, I think that you should respect your traditions in spite of what others might say.
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Post by CatInTheHat » 03 Oct 2017, 08:31

Our futures are based on the foundations of our past. It is important to know and understand where one came from, as it helps one to know themselves.
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Post by Christina Rose » 03 Oct 2017, 16:02

gali wrote:
Amagine wrote:
Christina Rose wrote:I definitely feel like the characters were justified in staying true to their roots. Regardless of how judgemental society may be, we have to be true to ourselves. Strong cultural values and traditions aren't always easy to uphold, and are even more difficult to defend if and when that becomes necessary. It's important, though. It's who we are, and where we came from.
It's important to remember who you are and where you come from. If everybody forgot their roots, we would all be the same thing, believing in the same thing. Our roots give us individuality.
Ditto! I agree with both of you! A world where all are the same is a boring one.
@Amagine Yes! Our roots definitely give is individuality!

@gali It would indeed be a boring world.

I love learning about other cultures. While I may ask for a specific tradition or belief to be explained (out of sincere interest), I would never try to make someone feel like they had to defend themselves or their family. We should practice respect for each other.

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Post by geoffrey ngoima » 04 Oct 2017, 06:27

Yeah, I believe in a rainbow world too, guys, (even though sometimes people fear what they don't understand and would want to ignorantly oppose acceptance and love for our neighbours)
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Post by BoyLazy » 04 Oct 2017, 06:34

Everyone is taught from the early age to believe in their ancestral stories and respect their roots. Staying true to our roots comes by nature to us. We do face it in everyday life knowingly or unknowingly.
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BoyLazy wrote:Everyone is taught from the early age to believe in their ancestral stories and respect their roots. Staying true to our roots comes by nature to us. We do face it in everyday life knowingly or unknowingly.
It's true, BoyLazy, like my name, I have both my father's and my grandfather's, and I carry forward his success and failures, knowingly or unknowingly, (people wouldn't be fans of carrying failures of somebody else but even the Bible says something about sins of the father)...it's the way of nature
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Post by BoyLazy » 04 Oct 2017, 13:22

geoffrey ngoima wrote:
BoyLazy wrote:Everyone is taught from the early age to believe in their ancestral stories and respect their roots. Staying true to our roots comes by nature to us. We do face it in everyday life knowingly or unknowingly.
It's true, BoyLazy, like my name, I have both my father's and my grandfather's, and I carry forward his success and failures, knowingly or unknowingly, (people wouldn't be fans of carrying failures of somebody else but even the Bible says something about sins of the father)...it's the way of nature
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Post by Ashley Simon » 04 Oct 2017, 19:32

Amagine wrote:
Christina Rose wrote:I definitely feel like the characters were justified in staying true to their roots. Regardless of how judgemental society may be, we have to be true to ourselves. Strong cultural values and traditions aren't always easy to uphold, and are even more difficult to defend if and when that becomes necessary. It's important, though. It's who we are, and where we came from.
It's important to remember who you are and where you come from. If everybody forgot their roots, we would all be the same thing, believing in the same thing. Our roots give us individuality.
I agree. I think there's a balance between holding true to your traditions and being able to make way for progress: however, I think both are equally important.
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Post by Amagine » 04 Oct 2017, 20:26

BoyLazy wrote:Everyone is taught from the early age to believe in their ancestral stories and respect their roots. Staying true to our roots comes by nature to us. We do face it in everyday life knowingly or unknowingly.
I agree that for most people staying true to your roots is simply second nature.
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Post by BoyLazy » 04 Oct 2017, 23:32

Amagine wrote:
BoyLazy wrote:Everyone is taught from the early age to believe in their ancestral stories and respect their roots. Staying true to our roots comes by nature to us. We do face it in everyday life knowingly or unknowingly.
I agree that for most people staying true to your roots is simply second nature.
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