Monday, March 15, 2021

What we learn from Diversity, and things that are not German.

Our worldview changes the way we experience our lives. When you interact, socialize, and work with people from different experiences, you can hear and learn from people. Not many people are fortunate enough to be able to travel the world or work as an ex-pat in many different counties. Alternatively, we can learn from people coming from different backgrounds, and lucky we have Second Life to do this in a safe way.

I am amazed by the diversity of people who stop by the Basement Club. Sometimes they just wander in or they have visited the Retreat and the Gallery and discovered the gem of the Basement Club. Some come for the unique style of music.

The right to be able to enjoy the excitement that you have, no matter where you go or who you are with, is the reason we want a diverse and inclusive environment.

Increase your knowledge about other cultures, find out more. There can be language differences and even with some translater software, the real meaning might be a little different and get lost. Ask many questions about the other person's country or culture. Believe it or not, most of us love to brag about where we come from the minute someone shows interest in it.

It is ok to be different and unique, that is what makes the planet so colorful. There are some things that we do share, we share laughter, pain, and a pandemic that changed our way of living for now.

Today, we live in a world that is deeply connected and global, especially here in Second Life. What an absolute blessing where you can learn right from the source. Can you imagine the benefits you will have when you finally go and travel to that country and you already know what to expect.?

Good ole Dandy had her birthday on March 15th and was telling me about the German chocolate cake she ate. Now how many of you think that is actually the real cake we have in Germany? I know many of you say yes of course. Contrary to what many people believe, this cake did not originate in Germany. It is actually an American recipe. In 1852 Samuel German, an English American Baker who worked for Baker's Chocolate Company, created a new type of dark baking chocolate. Needless to say, "German's" chocolate cake was invented. This is what we learned right here in Second Life. 

Me, as a german knew we do not have this cake but I had no idea why Americans call it German. The recipe was so popular that German's Chocolate sales shot up 73 percent in one year. Newspapers across the country reprinted the recipe. But somewhere along the way, German's Chocolate Cake lost its apostrophe-s, leaving Germany holding the credit for a classic American dessert.

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