IVO HENFLING | MAY 29, 2014
No matter where you live in the world, to be able to live in peace and harmony with your neighbors you need tolerance and it is no different when you move to Costa Rica. Haven’t we all met those immigrants in our hometown who try hard to adjust, learn about our culture, our language and immerge fully in society? Latin and Anglo countries are the most tolerant, says a survey by two Swedish economists.
People in the survey were most likely to embrace a racially diverse neighbor in the United Kingdom and its Anglo former colonies (the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and in Latin America.
I think tolerance should be a two way street. How about you?
If you plan is to move to Costa Rica or you have already done so, the number 1 request to make it function is to be tolerant. You need to keep an open mind end realize that YOU will be a guest to the country until you become a citizen. I have been a guest in Costa Rica for 34 years and not until recently I have started to file for citizenship. Being tolerant of the people around you can be difficult, even in the environment where you were born and raised.
If you want to be a happy person in Costa Rica, keep an open mind
Quite a few of those who move to Costa Rica keep the locals on a distance. Some because they are shy and don’t speak the language. Others because they are not tolerant of the Latin race, and behave like every local is stupid. To show you how important it to adjust so you can get along well with your future neighbors and all those in your new environment, I’d like to use a short story that was sent to me by someone who appreciates his new home country and culture. This person and his family have lived in many different countries, with different religions and different races, during their whole life, so he understands how important tolerance is if you want to adjust well to your new home country.
The story, a very intolerant story about intolerant people, is about Canadian Tolerance where Jiggs McDonald, NHL Hall of Fame broadcaster speaking in Ontario*, says: "I am truly perplexed that so many of my friends are against another mosque being built in Toronto. I think it should be the goal of every Canadian to be tolerant regardless of their religious beliefs.
Thus the mosque should be allowed, in an effort to promote tolerance. That is why I also propose that two nightclubs be opened next door to the mosque thereby promoting tolerance from within the mosque. We could call one of the clubs, which would be gay, "The Turban Cowboy," and the other a topless bar called "You Mecca Me Hot." Next door should be a butcher shop that specializes in pork, and adjacent to that an open-pit barbecue pork restaurant, called "Iraq of Ribs."
Across the street there could be a lingerie store called "Victoria Keeps Nothing Secret," with sexy mannequins in the window modeling the goods. Next door to the lingerie shop there would be room for an adult sex toy shop, "Koranal Knowledge," its name in flashing neon lights, and on the other side a liquor store called "Morehammered.” All of this would encourage Muslims to demonstrate the tolerance they demand of us, so their mosque issue would not be a problem for others." Yes we should promote tolerance, and you can do your part by passing this on.
Notice: Intolerance will not be tolerated in Costa Rica
Are you on the guest list?
I certainly hope this message hits home to all who are or will be a guest to Costa Rica and are willing to accept the local culture as it is and live accordingly. I am not saying you should eat rice & beans 3 times a day; I don’t either, if I don’t have to. But you should definitely accept that the Ticos enjoy their diet, their local customs and their way of life, you are just a guest to their country!
*This story is not confirmed to be tied to Jiggs McDonald, but that fact is not important to the case I am trying to make.
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