What Zone Are You?

“Man follows the Earth.”
Lao Tse. Tao Te Ching

We’ve all heard that the Scandinavians are cool and the Italians are warm but what is the truth?

When you stop to think about it for a moment, you start to see how fascinating this idea is.

Is it possible that where we live on Earth can somehow miraculously affect our personalities?

Are those who live in the South really warmer than the ones in the North?
And how about those who migrate, is moving to a different zone affecting how you relate to others?

When it comes to cultural differences, there certainly seems to be this strange pattern that the further North you go, the more formal the behaviour and the cooler and more distant people appear.
The level of familiarity and openness people in warm countries display towards strangers is unthinkable in the North Europe. 
Hot tempers seem to be more common in the South too.

There are of course exceptions to this but the general tendency really appears to be that somehow the region where we live affects our way of being, at least collectively. 

It’s almost as if the place itself was transmitting some of its atmosphere to the people who live there in similar way that parents give some of their traits to their children.

Do I have a crisp, ice-cold breeze in me? 
Is there a hot desert sun in you?

Whatever the truth,  every type of personality and every culture has its own beauty, just like every place on Earth does.

We are not meant to be clones of each other.

But whether it’s a sweltering tropical forest or a frozen arctic landscape or anything in between, it’s all the same planet.

No matter how different we seem to be on the surface, on a deeper level we are all one.


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11 Responses to What Zone Are You?

  1. Wow–that’s something to think about, a big part of that culture shock that comes along. Nice post, and have a great one.

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  3. arv! says:

    I have been thinking on a similar theory for last many years. I find that people from warm countries are generally warm, social and more open as compared to the cold countries. Let’s say Russians are not considered to be very friendly and warm in comparison to say Spanish or Italian. May be people in warm countries gets more time to be social and out. …may be!

  4. Thats seems such an interesting observation, Aditi. And it seems so true, come to think of it. We are mid-westerners, but living in Texas/ almost Mexico, I can appreciate the difference.

    And, of course, beautiful picture!

  5. samba2017 says:

    I am a brit on the outside and an italian on the inside as far as temperature goes these days I think! I am british but living in Switzerland and spend most of my holidays in Italy. Guess each place has it’s influence! Thanks for sharing. I have just started a poetry blog here on WordPress in case you have time to have a look? Wishing you a sunny afternoon, Sam 🙂

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