As I was reading the Bloom piece ethnocentrism came up and it got me to wonder, are we still in fact that way? Ethnocentrism, the idea of superiority of your own race or culture to another, is something I believe is still alive and thriving in the world today. The word, in some sense, has a very negative connotation (at least to me) but I do not feel as if it is that negative. Ethnocentrism has its positives and negatives. It is important to have pride in your own culture and beliefs and hold on to them in certain situations. However, the negative to it is when you are so ethnocentric you leave no room for change and thus no room for growth. I would argue that everyone, yes everyone, is in some way ethnocentric. Many a people believe their way is the right way, and while we listen to other’s viewpoints, still believe we’re right. This is a quality of being ethnocentric. Just look at our government and our leaders. Ethnocentrism is everywhere and will continue to grow and blossom.