CULTURAL SHIFTS: WHERE IS AMERICA GOING WITH OUR SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

Man Using Camera Between Crowd

“Is it all good or going bad?”


the ants go marching one by one

An aspect of American culture is our willingness to continue express ourselves through the freedom of the first Amendment. This rings true when there is someone in a position of power in this country that people feel uncomfortable running the country. Who would think protesting would be in the culture of a nation. But it is something that defines our society is the freedom to peacefully assemble. But my question is where are we going from here with our protest? Because every generation wants something from the ones in charge, so what will our grandchildren being saying about us at a certain time?

swinging pendulum

We see the country taking on this swinging to one side pendulum, but I don’t look at it as swinging to one side or the other. Because even people on the left are getting other people on the left in trouble. So what we are is a nation where we like to see each other get into trouble. And since every threat on the internet must be taken serious, we have to give credit to those who don’t deserve credit. But once you give the the taste of blood, they are not stopping there. You are going to be the wreck of society, which has become a more sinister cultural shift in our society. We know the behavior of this person is like us, but it gives us the ability to pounce on someone; it’s a power move in a world where you have no power.

adopting our methods

You can and will see more and more of people in other countries using America as a measuring tool for how to assemble. Places have seen throughout history how protesting can get things done. Say they take a look at our culture and force decisions in their own systems. And there are times where those types of methods get things down. And then other times it leads to a lot of people getting hurt. But guess what, our methods got so many hurt in the pass to get work accomplished.


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THE GREATEST GIFT TO THE WORLD: WHAT HAS YOUR CULTURE DONE FOR THE PLANET

Earth Illustration

“I give to you, myself.”


i here by grant you access

You have this amazing culture that you come from, and want to share it with the world. Now, the word culture takes on a wide range of meanings. But when we think of culture we typically mean ethnic culture. Now, I have never really heard of that many people who say they want to share their culture with the world so openly. And if they do, it is silent and you don’t know about it. If you so choose to get involved and you are someone who respects the culture, then no one has a problem. And if you you do want to gift what you have to the world, how well will you be received by people who are on the inside that are more protective of their culture.

protect it with your life

We live in a society that if you protect your culture where you want no one else in you are going to run into a problem especially if you live in an environment where so many other different people live around you. Now, what would be the reason someone might want to protect their culture. A major reason would be there are civilizations that have existed that had a strong cultural identity, but for whatever reason; whether it was war or it just started to unravel for other reasons. And once that happens, what started as a thriving nation, now becomes ruins and urban legends. I was reading a few months back how anthropologist uncovered a mass region of Mexico where a few hundred thousand people were believed to have lived. Now we know there more like close to 10 million people. So you have to think to yourself, what happened that such a large group of people that are no longer around? And what happened to the culture that was once there?

i don’t want the cookie, just a few pieces

We are very protective in cultures because we take what we like and then we dump the rest. Sometimes we take the whole cookie if it’s delicious enough then we act as if the baker who made the cookie had no hand in it. We award the deliciousness and the entire recipe to someone of our liking. And there is a saying that goes with this, and that is, whoever is in power gets to rewrite history. And if you belong to a group who has gone through this rewriting, you tend to be more selective with who you share information with. Not only are you restrictive with information, but skeptical of people who take part that you didn’t share it with.

7 billion is hard to control

If you create anything that the world finds interesting, there will be no ability to hold it for yourself. Especially if you create something that taste good to the masses. Trying to keep your culture hidden in such a social media era is impossible. So you are better off sharing with the planet, because as a human we were meant to share experiences. Social constructs have made us scared to open up, but as the world grows, we become closer because land that was not previously utilized become utilized by neighbors. Thus we are now far too close to keep anything hidden.


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CULTURE SHOCK: HOW HAVE I REACTED TO NEW ENVIRONMENTS

Grayscale Photo of Woman Holding Her Face

“This is a whole new world.”


coming into a new environment

I remember when I first cam to the city of New York from my small town in Wisconsin. It was such a new environment for me. The traffic seemed to be moving at 100 miles per in residential areas. The people walked a lot faster and even the kids moved at a different pace. Sitting down on a subway was the case of musical chairs. And if you wanted to order food at a restaurant, know what you wanted ten people back because the service person was not waiting for you to order. There is limited patience and the people are not as interested in you as a human in general. It’s all about getting there first for them; that’s right time is money. And for most people just visiting, they could not understand why anyone would want to live in this type of environment.

people to people

I am walking up the street late at night in New York City, and I see two guys on the street corner in loving embrace. And that is when I realized, wow, the idea of gay relationships are a lot more open here. You would not see this within my small town of 80,000 citizens. Not to say gays don’t live there, it is not as open as you see in New York. And not just dating, seeing people who look like me, speaking languages where you’re more of the foreigner than they are in America. Yet, it still did not make me want to leave. Being around those that are different from you all the time means you can travel anywhere and live anywhere. Living in a metropolitan hub means you have to learn to become a chameleon.

clown fish in the ocean

Understand something, whatever you are in your town or city, you may not be anything in another. Like I said, in New York City, I am a clown fish in the ocean. Hell, I might be a whale in the lake back home. My only problem with that is that are you truly at the top of your game. Because if I am a whale, I want to be a whale in the ocean. Not just someone pretending to have made it, but in reality, I am quite small in the grand scheme of things. But that just gives me more of a reason to continue to work hard. Letting me realize I should enjoy life, but never get to comfortable either.


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SHARE THE WEALTH: SHOULD WE SHARE EACH OTHERS CULTURE

Photo of Woman Portrait Wall Art

“Appropriation or credit?”


we the people

As a citizen living in the United States, you always hear the term “cultural appropriation.” And I understand the ramifications connected to the appropriation of ones culture. And the reality of it all is this, should we share each others culture. Because in America, where so many different groups reside, should we be living as a whole in one nation yet still separated in the same space? Especially if you live in a major hub like I do in New York City. How do you not try to connect on some level to the different groups around you? But how do others within groups feel themselves about sharing what they have with the world? Because the idea of culture is strong, but segregation is archaic considering you’re putting a distance between the species.

for the love of it

We all might have a shared love interest for something and that strengthens the culture. Typically this form of culture is music, movies, and dance. This is something that is engraved in the identity of this country. People from around the world have an affinity for American culture because of the diverse nature of our entertainment. Everywhere in the world the entertainment is very centric to what is in the group’s culture that reside in that country. We have so many different people with so many different stories, you don’t have to worry about the same story being told over and over. And we are more than welcoming to allow people to explore the American cultural landscape. But it starts to get into some grey areas the moment you get into ethnic and religious practices. Well, I will say, more so with ethnicity than religion.

adoption is illegal

If you come a group of people who have had their history lost or stolen, then you typically are quite protective of that culture. And whoever comes in, you are critical as to why they are coming into the culture. And what happens when someone adopts something, then write it off as their own? What happens if the group is so small they don’t have a big enough voice to fight back. Then their identity is lost or becomes a trend. And cultures have taken at times thousands of years to be eradicated in a quick stint. For example, people think of the Swastika as a Nazi symbol, when in reality it is a strong Indian symbol. It was created for hate, yet adopted and now has the connotation of genocide.


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IN OTHERS PRESENCE: CAN THOSE AROUND US EFFECT OUR HEALTH

Cigarette Stick on Pile of Coins

“Second hand be worse than first hand.”


the bad around us

Who are the people in your life that influence you? They may be the very people in your life as the reason to why your health may be declining. If you are in a relationship with a smoker, you are more at risk at times than they are. Because the second hand smoke is real. But you stay because they are someone you care about. But what about your health and well-being. Is that something that is important to you? Or you know what, forget about the smoking for one second. Let’s say the person or people you’re around don’t eat properly. That could have an effect on the way you consume meals as well. They are eating unhealthy, you’re not going to not indulge. You usually will feast along with them.

not being left out

We see our friends growing up doing something and don’t want to be left out of the pack. So what do we do, we typically join in on the festivities. And this is the reason why we may end up making the same decisions as them when it’s time to take care of our health. I don’t know too many people who are going to hang around people who engage in unhealthy lifestyles, while not doing it themselves. How many people associate with drug addicts and don’t try it themselves. How may people go to the restaurant and eat a salad while their friends gorge on food.

wanting to make others feel comfortable

You want to eat healthy, and live healthy, but you are afraid as to how your lifestyle will effect others. You don’t want to ┬ábe the one where everyone else heads home after work and you’re always in the gym working out. You are always trying to make people fell comfortable. When in reality, it is about your healthy and well-being. You don’t let yourself go to make others feel good about their own situation. If you are not motivation enough, maybe they are not the right group of people to be around.


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HYGIENE SAYS A LOT: HOW YOUR HYGIENE IS VITAL TO YOUR HEALTH

Woman Washing Her Face With Water

“Washing the body.”


daily regimen

When I go home each night after work, I hop in the shower, then shower when I wake up. So that makes two per day, sometimes three depending on the activity. Why, well some of you might think it’s about the body smell. But me I think about the health associated with showering. As a man, there are places on you that can gather dirt if you are not getting the daily showers you are supposed, as well as women. I don’t want to gross anyone out, but, if you don’t shower regularly as a guy, you can develop the dirt between the thigh and the genitals. This caked up dirt is grim that comes from you not having the two showers per day especially in the summer, when you might need three.

watch the food you eat

If you are consuming certain foods, it will effect the way you smell. And no one really would truly want to believe this, but it’s true. If you are eating fast food all the time like McDonald’s, you will develop a smell from the food you eat. You also will start to develop a breathe smell as well. So, if you plan on being alone in your personal life, then fine, smell how you want; oh yeah and being unemployed. But otherwise, you might want to think about freshening up. But back to the food, eat foods that are more fresh like I don’t know, fruits and veggies. You like eating meat, fine, then baked chicken breast are better to consume than fried chicken.

“reach” for the stars

Let me just be straight forward, you have to get deep in all the crevasses. And when I say that, I mean, bending over and digging in those hard to reach places and if you’re a guy like me, lifting, “wink wink” certain things wiping underneath. And you want to scrub those areas, not wash. You scrub because you have to take into consideration that scrubbing gets rid of bacteria. But the reach areas don’t stop at shower, you have to reach in areas after with oils also. And that is something that I do, after the shower rub my body down with proper oils and maybe a dab of powder in certain areas. Oh yeah, wear certain underwear when you dress. And yes, I know all this sounds excessive, but it’s not. Living in New York City, you’re constantly around large crowds so you are aware of smells in this city.


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WE ALL HAVE DEMONS: HOW OUR ENTIRE SOCIETY IS GOING THROUGH MENTAL STRESS

Man in Blue and Brown Plaid Dress Shirt Touching His Hair

“A planet of hurt.”


in a world of hurt

Studies have recently came out and found that people are far more depressed in today’s society than ever before. Now, a lot of signs have pointed to the consuming aspect of social media. The idea that no matter how well you’re doing, someone somewhere is doing better than you. And if you are constantly comparing yourself to people on social media, then yes, you will be mentally hurt. And that is why the state of our mental health has been in such a low place recently. But what is even more sinister is the idea that people have become to infatuated with making other people lose everything they have ever worked for because we are so unhappy. Whoever thought that we would be so unhappy that someone else getting ripped makes us feel good.

whose to really blame

If the state of our mental health is so low, then who should be held responsible? the answer to that question is us. We are to held liable for our own hurt not some internet portal. We shouldn’t see Instagram or Facebook taken away because content makes people unhappy. Because people always have a way of turning it off. There are close to 1 billion people on Facebook, but 7 billion people in the world. That means you are on it because of choice. We seem to look for places to get us angry when it really is as easy as unfollow. The things that makes us unhappy we can detach quicker than we know. Reality is, we are addicted ti the anger. It almost gives us a sense of belonging in a world where no one sees us.

nothing new but the weather

A lot of our issues we have always had as a society, it’s just that we have not never had an outlet like today to express ourselves. So now we just pour all of our emotions out for the world to see and hear. And what it has done was expose what was already there, yet not everyone could see. And that is that we have, a serious metal health problem in our world. Now, like I said before, we have to fix our own problems, but it’s hard to fix the problem if people won’t even admit they have a problem to start.


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