14 September 2016

In the Name of Culture

There are many aspects of our individual identities that are shaped by the cultural environments in which we live, and have lived.  Examples include how we speak, the vowel sounds we make, the words we choose to use, and even how we spell those words when writing, whether accurately or not.

When looking at the multitude of interests of bloggers and social media users, do you ever think about how each person might have gained the tastes and interests they list as expressions of themselves? How did you acquire your tastes and interests, and your sense of identity?

Perceptions of culture may sometimes lead to mistaken identity and identity confusion.  Are you sometimes confused about your own identity and your own culture?

In 21st century culture, there is much confusion about menial roles, higher goals and social enterprise.  Are you sometimes confused about the meaning and purpose of your life in relation to culture?

The way people pronounce words, and whether they speak the same language, has much bearing on the way they interact.  What does Via Veeya Vyah mean to you?

Culture involves patterned ways of dealing with the world.  It is partly shaped by geography and psychology.  Culture involves images, half-truths and reality in various proportions.  What is your own patterned way of dealing with the world, and how did that pattern develop?

When thinking of culture and psychology, in some societies introverts are cool and in other societies they are treated as if they are not quite normal.  I am an introvert myself.  I cope best with one person at a time rather than a group or crowd.

As a researcher, I work best in a quiet, private space, without interruptions or intrusions, mostly because I do a great deal of reading and writing.  Quietness and privacy are part of my identity.  They may even be part of my preferred culture.  What do you prefer, and why?

If you think all the world's a stage and you are constantly expected to play to a crowd as a star performer, why is that?  Do you think of yourself as only having a bit part, or a supporting role or an existence as an extra?  Would you prefer to see yourself as a director or a playwright for the world stage?

When cultures mix, there can be a great feast of languages, with or without much understanding.  If you travel to areas where most people speak a language you do not understand, how does that make you feel about yourself and your culture?

And how does your name fit in with your cultural identity?  Those of us with inconsistent names can cause a great deal of confusion in the minds of anyone with inaccurate expectations of us.

Cultural compatibility usually involves having accurate expectations.  How do you prefer to behave in the name of culture?

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