Indonesia social and cultural system
Mr. Begi Hersutanto
What is the influence of culture to the development of a country?
Nowadays, many people talking about culture and its influences to the development of a country in everywhere. Based on Wikipedia, Culture (from the Latin cultura stemming from colere, meaning "to cultivate") is a term that has different meanings. However, the word "culture" is most commonly used in three basic senses; excellence of taste in the fine arts and humanities, also known as high culture; an integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior that depends upon the capacity for symbolic thought and social learning; and the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group. So, what are its influences to the development of a country? Most of the people thought that ‘culture’ play a major role in the development of a country. But, in my point of view, it became an obstacle precisely rather than to support the development of a country. Other words, it’s not always in a positive ways. Why do I say so? Because in the reality, it tackle us to moved forward. We tend to be hesitating to decide something because we thought it opposing our culture. It was wasting our time. If we want to do something that contra our culture, it usually took a long time. And the cost is, we left behind by the other country. Here in this regard, I would like to compare two countries which I think able to support my opinion. They are Indonesia and United States. Indonesia has already known with its wide culture. They have about millions of culture. Examples of cultural fusion include the fusion of Islam with Hindu in Javanese Abangan belief, the fusion of Hinduism, Buddhism and animism in Bodha, and the fusion of Hinduism and animism in Kaharingan; others could be cited. Indonesian art-forms express this cultural mix. Wayang, traditional...