Culture, Is it untouchable? Or does it change with the times?
What is culture? That has been something I have been pondering for some time. I have come to some conclusions (for at least now). The first is I had misunderstood what culture means
I had the words culture mixed up with customs. Culture is what the “group, team, organization, country can be identified with.
The culture of a group can be very good, heathy and beneficial or it can be sick and demented ! Luckily for the most part it falls someplace in between.
Culture is not untouchable! Let me give an example? Imagine a family which has lived through the starvation times of world war 2 or families that survived the the Great Depression of 1929.
Often when you meet a family which is raised in one of those cultures the effects are easily seen.
Or a family who has a culture of hoarding? This to is easily observed but I ask is it the healthiest. Unfortunately too often it seems to me that culture are accepted as the way it is. Masquerading as a false and inevitable truth of life
I am tempted to use some harsh words to share how I really feel about some of the thngs I have seen as culture, selling a child to trafficking for the family to survive, or a girl baby being discarded at birth because a male has more worth!
Should I go on? I think not! Sure not all is this Obivious or it would be easier to convince and influence to change. Some is so ingrained into the family systems like a spirit of poverty . Our family is a poor family, we will always be poor so why even try or even hope that something may change.
Dont dream to be a doctor or leader. That is a childish dream. Settle into more sense able work. Something more practical . right?
Well what is the word I search for? The one that says poppycock! Does that work? I think so!
So what do us outsiders do? You know the ones who just don’t understand. Do we just accept it. Is that our culture do we accept injustice or do we step up and make a difference ?
I know some of you are saying hey what can I do?
Robert you can’t change the world! No I can’t.
But I know WE can change the world of a child! What would happen if we just said this year I’m going to find a way to make a difference in “the culture”
What difference does it make if we say hello back to a teller or even ask how they are and listen? Or stop and smile at the next homeless looking for a handout. I’ve done this and often they stop, don’t ask again and smile back,
Small things you bet. But what if? I for one am working to change my self-absorbed self and stop and say hello. Maybe even actually help someone one. Yes sometime financially but what I believe makes the most difference is to give of my most precious possession…. My time, slow down enough to let others know I care by asking and listening!
The culture is touchable! It is changeable and so often waiting for someone to do something!