“The landscape in which we spend our formative years influences who we are”
It has become increasingly vital in our society to respect the perspectives of others and understand the individual qualities that all people bring to our multicultural Australia. During our formative years, we face the influences and constraints of each society that we been confined to which shapes the way we view life. In some cultures, the restricted mindsets highlight the importance of having an appreciation for each individual and avoid the possibility of developing a condescending attitude.
The influence of a landscape, whether conscious or not, is reflected in an individual. People tend to feel secure in some places, while other places may provoke strong emotions. We develop this sense of security or relationship with our landscape due to memories or experiences that we gain in our formative years. Throughout the years, we associate certain feelings and emotions to different landscapes or materials. For instance, the ‘white-culture’ has developed a structured and ordered environment, which we now call home. This environment is not only normal, but is now seen as desirable because it represents a place where we belong. This comfort within our environment has created a narrow-minded effect on our society where we tend to be less accepting of difference or anything foreign. Anything not associated with ‘home’ is generally feared and rejected due to our limited-view. Our diversity seems to be limited to our busy streets and social hubs.
As generations have progressed, technology has become a prominent feature of our lives. Due to the rapid advancing of technology, we have developed greed. We now demand to have access to things, as we need it. Cultures that have escaped this ‘revolution’ have more of an appreciation for things in life. They understand the work involved in achieving success, unlike the current generation who don’t fully appreciate the hard work and would...
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