That Deep Place Within Us



One of the aspects about Hawaiian culture which I think is so profound is of O’hana, the understanding that “family” means more than just parents and siblings, the understanding that the tentacles of Hawaiian family-ness can stretch out and embrace hundreds.  Non-Hawaiian culture on the other hand is now largely characterized by detachment from others.  In today’s Mainland world many families no longer even eat together.  If they do eat together children are allowed to focus on texting at the table instead of talking with others.  Cell calls are taken during the meal thereby yanking the individual away from the family even while sitting at the same table.  Even though we now have the tools to be connected with everyone, anywhere we no longer know how to be present to those even in the same room.

This chronic cultural detachment manifests itself by a confusing sense of emptiness

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