Your People And Your Culture
Updated: Jan 10, 2020
Culture is important as it provides a kind of framework for you to navigate your way through life.
It provides you with certain grounding principles, a worldview, a lens in which to experience the world.
Culture is ultimately about the sharing of ideas, transfer of knowledge, traditions, customs and social behaviours.
It is culture that helps you establish your beliefs about the world and your place in it.
So if you live in any kind of society, have a look around, what are the stories being told?
What beliefs are being reinforced and by who?
What are the cultural influences in your everyday and how are they being communicated to you?
Are you able to approach these critically and skilfully?
The thing with culture is that it, by default, relies on a group of people with a shared set beliefs and values – culture cannot exist on a purely individual basis.
Culture can be adopted voluntarily, or imposed on you unknowingly.
It can work with your nature or work against it.
Existing as an isolated individual in a world made up of people, in a sense, can be viewed as somewhat nihilistic and counter-cultural.