Culture is a lens that shapes perceptions.
We all see the world through a particular view that reflects our understandings, values, beliefs, and norms. This helps form our cultural identity. Understanding different cultures requires shifting our lens and broadening perspectives.
If our lens is too narrow or clouded, our perceptions may be skewed.
As a result, conflicts and tensions may arise.
Expanding our cultural lens can help facilitate understanding, encourage tolerance, and promote respect.