The Power of Culture to Create a Better Future
Every part of the world has its own culture. Culture includes the arts, traditions and customs of a country or region, as well as the wisdom, values, lifestyles and trends of the people living there. In order to build a peaceful world, we need to acknowledge and respect each other's cultures. Culture is the characteristics of a particular group of people, defined by everything from language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts. Today, in the United States as in other countries populated largely by immigrants, the culture is influenced by the many groups of people that now make up the country. In order to better understand culture, it is useful to closely examine its characteristics and their ramifications. The characteristics of culture are shared; group products; symbolic; learned; patterned; integrated; adaptive; compulsory; cumulative; dynamic and diverse. Culture is learned and is not based on instinct. It is handed down from generation to generation. This is reflected in basic needs. For example what is edible, when the right time and place is to sleep and how to satisfy sexual urges appropriately. Culture is adaptive. We adapt to our environments with tools, boats, houses, growing different foods in different climates, etc. Culture is shared by a group of people in a society and formed through interactions. Culture is integrated/combined and consistent vs. random. For example, hunters using the same techniques time and time again. Culture is symbolic. How people see the world is based on symbols and the meaning behind those symbols. Take religions for instance, they are filled with symbolic meaning. Culture also shapes the way we think about the world gender roles, stereotypes and how we view other cultures.
Culture is important because when the word "culture" is mentioned, we can think of many things as "cultural", such as language, clothing and many more, because we classify cultures of...
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