We only live on this crazy, big, messed up world once. It’d be a shame not to explore the cultures, ethnicities, languages and religions that exist out there, right?
Or am I wrong?
You see, that’s what this site is all about: opinions and the duality of them. I’m sure that like me, there have been times in your life where you’ve been adamant about being right on a certain topic… so sure that you were right that no one could change your mind. And then, it turns out, you weren’t as correct as you first thought you were… and you changed your mind completely.
Perhaps you just hadn’t stopped to consider a different viewpoint. Or maybe you really didn’t know all of the facts, because you hadn’t been exposed to them in the first place.
We all come from somewhere. We all have our biases and we all have our limitations, forced upon us by our environment and upbringing. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t change that by expanding upon what we learnt as toddlers, kids and youths… life does not stop at age 18 and neither should our learning.
So, what is half-italian.com really all about?
That long-winded, vague introduction was a way of saying this: this site is a place to explore. A sanctuary for answers and more importantly, the asking of questions. I want you to think… to attempt to see things from another perspective and allow yourself the chance to change your mind; or at least expand your answer.
I have selfish intentions here too — I want to use this platform to explore topics that I have interest in, but have never learnt enough about. I want to read your opinions and soak up your knowledge. There is almost always someone out there who knows more about a topic than we do… and even if they don’t have a greater degree of knowledge, quite often they can lead us to ask questions that send us down another path of thought and inquiry.
Yes, culture, religion, ethnicity and language…
These are the topics that we focus on here. There is such a rich, diverse tapestry of all of the above, around the world, for us to explore.
It’s going to be fun. I can already feel it.
I know that you have an opinion on this, because you live on the globe too — you’ve got a culture. You’ve got a language. And no doubt, you’ve come across people that have different cultures, ethnicities, religions/beliefs/faith systems and languages to what you do.
Join the discussion. Or just read on. But either way, open your mind to the possibility that you don’t know it all… (nor do I).
One other thing…
Where does the name half-italian come from? Well, my ethnicity is half-italian. The other half is a mixture of English and Irish. I’ve always found it amusing that in English-speaking countries we will focus on the ‘half-italian’ of the situation and ignore the other half as ‘boring’ or ‘normal’. My influences come from Europe, Australia, America and Asia. Increasingly they are coming from other continents too… as you will glean through half-italian.com.