Modern Day Diplomacy: Everyday Prescriptions for Living in a Global Community (Part 1)

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We’re living in a great and interesting time right now, where culture and community oftentimes do not sync in a conversation.

There’s such a dichotomy around who we are, what we are and why we are. We’re living in a day and age right now where the word diplomacy has been lost and diluted.

It has been lost to the point that even those who wear the titles of diplomacy, both orthodox and unorthodox, do not fully understand the shift in consciousness and the shift of what’s going on in this world today. 

Diplomacy has been so far removed from our everyday consciousness and our everyday being, that it has lost its relatability. People can get caught up in different laws, bans, policies, elections and all these chaos; but if we focus on some really basic but important and transformational keys to life, we can truly unlock the door of community again in this society.

We are made of multicultural aspects — languages, races, conversations, places — so many different identities, yet we all carry the same spirit. This two-part blog is really an effort to bring people back to basics. To remind people that being friends, loving and caring, and being connected is not as hard as the world and the things that are going on around us would make it seem. 

With this, I would like to share with you four prescriptions that will hopefully guide you in your daily life. These prescriptions may seem simple, yet the concept behind them, when thoroughly implemented, is so powerful that it can change the perspective of an entire community.

So my first prescription to living in a global community is simply the power to be. When we look at the word “be” in the Webster dictionary, it simply means “to equal in meaning” or “to have the same connotation”. It’s a verb and an action, which means “to have an identity with”, “to constitute same idea or object”, “to belong to a class”, or “to have an objective existence”.

And that’s really where I’m getting at. If only we can understand that we all exist and we all have the power to exist, and that same power is equal to the ability to be with each other in the same existence, in the same space, and the same environment.

Harness your power to be. The power to be you, the power to be different, the power to be great, the power to be extraordinary, the power to be okay with your skin color, with your language, with your eye color, with your height, with your weight. It doesn’t have to be as complicated as we would make it seem. Just be. That is the first prescription. 

To be. These two words may contain only two letters each, but for most people, it takes them almost two decades to master. Acceptance of oneself takes time, and growing up in a world full of distractions and conflicting values makes it even harder for children. Some people only become comfortable in their own skin when they have already become adults. So before we continue with the remaining three prescriptions, I encourage you to reflect on the first prescription and see how it is manifested in your life.

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