Here are our first four LifeMAPP characters – The Innovator, The Dreamer, The Coach and The Performer.  Any of those resemble you?  If not, hold on.  There are 12 more to do!

One thing you may notice is the lack of ethnic variety – these guys are all vanilla.  This was intentional – for the short run of a couple of months.  Obviously, we don’t have a huge budget yet, but as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once had – I have a dream.  That dream is to employ ethnic artists to represent each LifeMAPP character set in their own, ethnic, cultural flavor.

You see, we are all really the same.  We have the same fears, the same motivations and the same personalities.  Each culture does however, have it’s own demographics – meaning, they disperse differently in %s.

I had a great conversation with my new English friend, Andrea about cultural personalities.  She shared an example of a consulting trip in Spain that endured some friction due to cultural differences in corporate structure, hierarchy and chain of command.  It really highlighted the fact that even in closely positioned countries, there can be such different cultural personas.

What happens when those countries are half a world apart?  People in the Middle East don’t hate America because of our culture.  They hate us so much because we ignore and disrespect their cultures.  That bothers me.  Hell, we don’t even respect the sub-cultures IN America never mind outside it.  But, I digress.

Another reason for this dream is that when we try to be politically correct and blend cultures, we do so in a stereotypical fashion.  It would be easy to make our Performer as a Caucasian with blonde hair or our Coach as an African-American or our Scientist as Asian.  But our viewers would miss the variety that really is life.  There are plenty of African-American Performers or Asian Coaches just as there are plenty of Caucasian Scientists.

You see, when we run into different personalities in regards to ViewPoints and Interaction Styles, we feel uncomfortable – even threatened.  And over the course of thousands of years, we have ignorantly tied ethnicity to that difference and felt that our cultural differences and even angsts or tribal wars would justify doing so.

I know, I know – I am naive.  But so was Dr. King, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mark Twain, Thomas Edison, Oprah Winfrey, Nelson Mandella, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, Rosa Parks, Marie Curie, Michaelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci and anyone else who ever left a positive impact on this world.  And yes, I do hope to join that list someday of people who impacted their respective societies that greatly.  May we all be so ignorantly naive.

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