My perceptions

During our simulation, I learned how much rules of a civilization can have a great impact on communication. I was a “Hokie,” and in our culture, we were required to shake hands before starting a conversation. The “Helotians,” one the other hand, were not aloud to touch or even make eye contact. When we would disobey one of their rules, they would just hiss at us.

As both sides were trying to obtain answers to their required questions from the other group, both sides were becoming impatient. The Hokies started trying to force a handshake, while the Helotians had hissing fits. This led to a cruel competitive nature where some people started stealing tickets. In our class, people became competitive, but if this were a tribal situation then it could have come to war. A battle could have started because of a tribe’s rule that happens to clash with another tribe’s rule. This showed me that you have to be patient and understanding while trying to communicate with another type of people. It does seem that there was no way around the handshake rule, but most real life, rules should be much easier to overcome. It also shows how important patience is. Many people in this simulation were trying to get red tokens first so that they could claim the victory for themselves instead of respecting the other culture’s rules. After the simulation people were insulting people from the opposite culture as if they were enemies. This shows that we do not have enough patience and understanding to talk to a different culture.

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