It is a known fact that habits are the actions and gestures that give each of us consciousness of who we are. Insular mindsets can be found in communities and groups all over the world.

Codes of conduct, customs and traditions in all localities are taught to young people, settlers in a community etc, with the aim of keeping clear terms of reference regarding values and boundaries of appropriate behaviour.

If we were all encouraged to learn about heritages other than those of our forebears, would this stretch and broaden our capacities for empathy?

Being proud of some aspects of one’s cultural inheritance is a universal human trait. There is room for improvement in every way of life, however.

In the wider scheme of things, the rich diversity of human culture belongs to all of us, regardless of where we come from, or where we are heading towards.