Culture plays an important role in structuring our personalities. We are able to become what we are because of the culture that we follow. It has a huge impact on our society, our lives and our development.
Culture is a very significant part of a society. Every human being acts according to the teachings and considerations in relation to the culture he follows. Culture plays a greater part in shaping personalities. The first question that arises in mind after listening or reading the word “culture” is what is culture? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, culture can be defined as follows:
- “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time.
- a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.
- a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)
Culture is a set of values and norms of a society, a group of people or residents of an area. Culture can be judged by means of religion, lifestyle, literature, music, foods, arts and architecture, language, fashions, behaviors, rituals and symbols employed by individuals or groups of a society.
Culture is very rich in terms of its identification. It is not followed by only one generation but by generations of generations, which means that culture is transferred like a legacy to the coming generations. This cannot be said that culture and its values remain the same. Culture is transitional in nature. It changes with development, innovation, technology and time. Certain new features are introduced in cultural values of a land from time by time.
Change cannot be considered as annihilating the culture but as beneficial for making the culture according to the demands of the society. Culture and society are interconnected to one another and this bond is so strong that it can never be broken by any external forces. We cannot say that in a country, only one culture is followed as a whole.
The world is multicultural and now, all the countries are going towards multiculturalism. Multiculturalism can be defined as “ ” (Dictionary.com). For example, in America, not only one culture is followed but many because America is a multicultural land and it accommodates people from all cultures in its society. American society is a heterogeneous society accommodating many others cultures and making itself a melting pot of diverse cultures. In America, we can find Asian Americans, African Americans, Latin Americans, Indian Americans, and so on. Like America, in many other countries, multiple cultures are present, accepted and respected. American culture is a major part of many sub cultures.
Like America, in all other countries of the world, major culture that is associated to the nationality of the land is followed along with many other sub cultures. Sub cultures and major cultures are somehow related and affect the followers. Social construction of personalities depends on the type of culture that is followed. People develop their behaviors and working patterns on the basis of their cultures.
We can never say that a certain cultural type is good while the other is bad. All the cultures of the world are good and worth following. We should not try to dissuade people of one culture and encourage people of other culture. All the people of the world are equal no matter from which, culture they belong. Because of the richness of the cultures in the world, the world is more attractive and colorful.
Culture. (n.d.). Retrieved July 30, 2016, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/culture
multiculturalism. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged. Retrieved July 30, 2016 from Dictionary.com website http://www.dictionary.com/browse/multiculturalism