Cultural Beliefs Autobiography
The first thought that comes to my head when I hear cultural beliefs I think of the things that make a person who they are. Things that people will fight for and stand up for no matter what anyone says or thinks. I, myself am not much about being outspoken, but when it comes to what I believe in and what I value, I will fight for my beliefs and values. According to our text culture is “the totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and thought characteristic of a community or a population”. The culture we are raised in effects our future identity and how others will perceive us. The definition of identity is "the fact of being who or what a person or thing is". I have grown up in Indiana all of my life, but I was born in Iowa. I do not consider myself to be from Iowa because I was too young to remember anything about it. Since I was six months, I have been in Indiana. When I think about my values and beliefs and I would not categorize myself as a ‘traditional’ Midwesterner. My life has and probably will always be different from others, but I know that my belief system came from me and what I think is right and wrong, not from others. I do now recognize that my culture and environment has aided in creating my identity, but I believe that I have taken the negatives, prejudices, and racism that have surrounded me since I was born and created my own set of cultural beliefs. My life has given me the opportunity to become a much-diversified person when it comes to cultural beliefs.
My first belief that I will discuss is my agnostic belief in religion. Agnostic means one does not know whether or not there is god, but rather holds a belief that there is something, but we just do not have enough information to make a good decision about what that 'something' is. My entire life I was raised in the Baptist faith. I have been to a diverse amount of churches and done a vast amount on research on religion and just am not capable of accepting a religion that requires so much faith without any facts. I am a factual person, who if I am going to commit my life to a religion I want to do so completely. When I was younger, this was something that bothered me about the Christian faith. I need facts and not rules on how to live my life, and no religion I found did that for me. I believe that me being agnostic makes me more open to others’ beliefs in religion. I am able to sit down and listen to someone talk about their religion rather than try to convert them to my religion. I know how important religion is in shaping a person and their values. My lack of religion and my pervious past with religion helps in understanding others. My lack of religion will help me in making others of different backgrounds and religions feel welcome in my classroom. I can relate to the children who hold religion as important because at one point in my life, religion was just as important for me, but I will also be able to connect with the others who do not have a religion.
My second belief is in hard work. I have lived a life where if I did not work as hard as I did I would have never made it to the place I am in now. Hard work is the only way to get what you want. Socially speaking there may be other factors that interrupt getting to your goals, but I will always believe that you can do anything if you set your mind to it. Sometimes there maybe obstacles in the way, but if you are meant to do it you will be able to accomplish anything. I believe in destiny, and that everyone is here on Earth for a reason, everyone has a destiny. My mom when I was younger put an emphasis on hard work in school. Since my mom and I never really had a great relationship, this is probably one of the few beliefs that I acquired from her. This being the one and almost only good and positive thing that I learned from her, I feel it is important to reiterate this to others. Hard...
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