Cultural sensitivity is the understanding or set of skills required to understand people who have different cultural backgrounds. That way, you don’t assign value to people. The difference in cultures must be seen as a positive thing. It is also the understanding that no culture is right or wrong. Those notions can breed hate and create conflict. However, this is easier said than done. Thinking like this needs to be generated in education curriculums and family values.
Furthermore, cultural sensitivity doesn’t mean you have to be an expert on every culture. It simply requires that you’re willing to ask the right questions, keep an open mind, and are empathetic. Jaylene Cook’s behavior atop Mount Taranaki is culturally insensitive. She might not have meant any disrespect, but you can understand why it enraged the locals.
Jaylene Cook might have upset and disrespected the Maori tribes by her actions, but maybe she’s not a disrespectful person. Everyone makes mistakes. The Playboy model did, however, use her content for a charitable cause recently. Dozens of fires broke out in Australia in November of 2019, and the government announced a state of emergency. Several people lost their homes and were evacuated. Thirty-three people also lost their lives. Celebrities and civilians alike made efforts to raise funds to extinguish the fire. Jaylene Cook took this opportunity to help as well. She charged her fans a hundred pounds each to view her collection of pictures and videos. She then donated all the proceeds from her venture to help extinguish wildfires.
According to a Department of Conservation ranger, people often disrespect Mount Taranaki. The shocking thing is that it’s often New Zealanders who do this rather than foreigners. The ranger goes on to say that foreigners often ask questions about the culture and are more careful. When you travel to a different country, you’re generally more curious about the norms and cultures. That opens up a lot of room for clarity on what you can and can’t do. There was recently the discovery of piles of human ash on Maori tracks. The trampers on the tracks hadn’t been adhering to Maori guidelines. Non-locals also often go and stand at the highest point of the mountain. The Maori themselves hardly climb the Taranaki. Going to the very top is disrespectful to them because they see the mountain as a tribe member.