• Dr. T

Take back your culture.

Updated: Apr 2

Culture is the characteristics and knowledge of a particular group of people, encompassing language, religion, cuisine, social habits, music and arts.

Who should decide how you celebrate your culture? It appears that choice has been relegated to politicians, media pundits, and obnoxious crowds. Put politics aside, please, and hear me out.

Think back to your family heritage and what that means. Are you proud of where you came from? Do you still practice some of those quirky things that make your family special? My family still insists on the 'pork and sauerkraut' experience on New Years Day because otherwise, we'd have bad luck all year. (Don't blame us for 2020, we had the sauerkraut!) I know, it's superstition, but it keeps our family network connected both present and past.

Don't let today's racket take away your family identity because once 2020 and all it's mania is over, what remains is what you invested in. Let's talk culture.

The two basic types of culture are material culture, physical things produced by a society, and nonmaterial culture, intangible things produced by a society.

Which one of these culture examples do you associate with, or ignore?

  • Western

  • Eastern

  • Hate culture

  • Food culture

  • Political culture

  • Cancel culture

  • Music culture

  • Social justice culture

Is it possible to fully embrace one culture without compromising another?

The big question is: Where in this (short) list does your family culture belong? How do these examples promote what you want for your present and future family? Your friends? Strangers? Business? Where do you see yourself and your family a year from now? 5 years? 20? Because how and where you spend your energy now can both increase future benefits for yourself and others but also, diminish or water down one's own culture.

Challenge: Choose something you love about your culture and share it with someone new. This is how we can better understand one another through authentic conversations.

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