FUTURE OF OUR INSTITUTIONS: WHAT WILL COME OF THEM

People Walking on Wooden Floor Inside Green Walled Building

“What will be in them in the future?”


a house of history

As an employee of a museum, I often walk around and think to myself, “What will this museum hold in the year 2100?” What about 2200, if it’s still around? And the crazy thing about history is that the Atari and Nintendo will be in the museums in the year 2200. That is shocking that something like our video games could be housed in the museums of the future because they are such a major aspect of the cultural layout of America. Then there is the idea that these museums might not even be in existence in the future. Well, in existence like the way we know them as today. Museums could be something totally different so much so that they could be fun or boring.

what’s of the old old world

As you visit the museums today,  what will happen to the art that is there now, that must be moved aside for the new material? Some may be housed in the basements but others could be shipped to other museums around the world. I don’t see the art being destroyed, we just may never see it again. Museums have been a part of our lives for centuries, if not a few thousand years. And there are still artifacts that are still being uncovered in the world today. But there will come a time where material must be moved for the new found items. Only a chosen few can stand around and not be removed. The Egyptian and Roman culture is and will be standing in museums for hundreds of more years. But items like paintings, especially the less popular ones will be hidden away beneath the ground in basements wrapped and preserved.

expansion would help a lot

In order to maintain some of these museums, we must not only visit them more, but also we have to expand them. The expansion would mean a lot for the museum as well. More and more land is being preserved so people have to figure out ways to expand, but not to overstep the boundary of going into to a preserved environment


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CULTURE CONFLICTS: WHEN BORN INTO TWO, ONE USUALLY WINS

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“One wins,the other loses.”


best of both worlds

What happens when you grow up in a biracial household and you are introduced into to different cultures? Well, what usually happens is that you find yourself having to figure out two paths to navigate. And the ultimate reality is that you usually grow up and choose one of the cultures over the other. It is not because you don’t respect the other culture, it’s just that one typically resonates over the other. Something you get that is coming from one usually feels more connected to where you are going in life, or the culture is more symbolic to you. Meaning, if you grow up in a household where one parent is Jewish and the other Hindu, rarely do both hold weight into adulthood. You will be both, but you may choose to practice one over the other is an adult.

wanting to keep it in-house

A lot of people would prefer their children to keep the culture within the realm of their own people. And the reason being because it is too easy to lose the identity of a people. And marrying someone of another culture could easily cause that to happen. Meaning, if I as an African American marry someone Chinese, that child typically will choose one over the other as an adult. And that choice is the defining moment of what will happen to the history of that group from there on out. Because let’s say that kid chooses to marry Chinese, then the connection by the time my grandchild comes along is lost forever to Black people. And from this people tend to b protective of their cultures.

in a shrinking society

What will happen the more America becomes this biracial melting pot that it is becoming? For starters the physical embodiment of the country will change. But another thing that will take hold is the conservative landscape that has made America what it is will start to diminish as well. So the relationships may sound like ti could be better because we are slowly becoming more of one nation. But the problems surmount because new boundaries and alliances could form. So the change could be something that could help the culture of hurt the future.


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THEY WILL KEEP IT GOING: HOW CULTURE CARRIES INTO THE NEXT GENERATION

Children Wearing Yellow and White Traditional Costumes and Dancing

“Teach them well.”


pass it on to them

When you are young, and come from certain cultural backgrounds, parents like to instill at an early age cultural awareness to children. An identity that have kept a group of people alive for a very long time. And all the parent want to really do is make sure the longevity of that cultural appreciation and love is maintained. So the next generation is always the key to making sure that culture is sustained. Otherwise, it is very easy to lose that identity and then what you have is hundreds, if not thousands of years of heritage gone forever. And always remember, the people in power can always have the ability to rewrite history once it is lost.

blended cultures

What happens once the next generation blends in with another group of people? Then what you have is the choice to either forgo one of the cultures or try practicing both. And the one that is the more dominant seems to always take over and replace the other. Or in the case of immigrants coming to America, they are seeing there cultures diminish because the American culture is more of what they live. Now what you have is the identity of the group lost so that the kid can have a better life in this country. The only thing is, are you prepared to sacrifice identity for a better career? Because that could potentially happen once the kid is brought to this country.

they care when we care

If parents are not interested in the identity of the kid, what will the kid do about it? And the answer is nothing. The culture is only as important as the parent that take the time out to teach them. Because it’s very rare that the kid will reach out and want to get to know about their culture without the parent expressing much interest. Children don’t just ask their parents where they come from. Children just grow in a society in which they live. So the priority must come from the ones that are raising them.


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CULTURE CRITICS: PEOPLE FROM THE OUTSIDE

 

Brown Wooden Gavel

“Not my cup of tea.”


those who have no interest

A lot of people have no interest in pushing culture forward, and they could care less what happens to the culture. But when these same individuals really do want a say in what the culture does, then t becomes a problem. Because if you have no interest and don’t care for it, then what’s it to them if it ultimately fails. So we cannot allow these types of people to get their hands on the culture. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but they should not have a seat at the table. But who are these people and how do we spot these types of people? Well, it can be difficult because sometimes these people come in disguise.

listen close to the critique

People don’t always just come out and say I don’t like this cultural thing or this thing. Sometimes people have a critique where they try to circumvent. They create some type of work around so they don’t have to outwardly say what they don’t like. So you have to have the objective ear to understand what it is they are saying to you. For example, some people may try to say they don’t like your culture because it far too rowdy. But then the music they listen to is just a gritty. Then what they do is create some type of work around to deflect away from the conversation so they don’t have to deal with what you asked them. But sometimes it’s harder, but make sure when you listen, don’t be too biased. Be able to decipher between objective opinion and plain out hate.

do they matter

We have to think long and hard if these people who hate truly matter to us. Because if they are aiding the culture, and have no impact, why do we care. We shouldn’t unless the culture is weak in the first place. But what we should do is act as if they don’t exist. Because rest assured you have no impact on their culture.


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SOMEONE’S GOTTA GO: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE SEE THEIR CULTURE DYING

Brown Concrete Post

“When one must go.”


making room means one must go

We all would like to think that we live in a world where we can all live harmoniously. But the reality is, is that it goes against everything we are as creatures on this planet. There have to come a time, where decisions are going to be made and it is going to affect some people. Well, what happens when you belong to a group of people where that could really hurt you? Meaning, an environment is fine until people on one or multiple sides feel slighted. That feeling like your culture is diminishing, then there will be problems. And you’re probably wondering how something like that could happen, but it’s reality. It could turn into a reality without even trying.

it’s a numbers game

Let’s say 10 million live in a city that is only capable of housing 5 million. And on top of that, 5 groups of people of different cultures. Then the city has a decision to make as it pertains to start scaling back the numbers. And if the city is unable to build outward, then steps are taken to lighten the load. Will it observing which culture matters? No so much so, but it will involve finances, education, crime, and poverty levels to name a few. As people get weened-out, someone’s group will suffer the most. And that group will be risk of losing the identity of themselves. But it’s all about the numbers. Someone will be effected on a great scale once you take into consideration these non-social factors. And there will be complaint, but what can you do. You may risk on the other end forcing out the group contributing the most, to appease the group lagging behind.

 can we save ’em

The reality is, you  can, but it is up to the group’s next generation to do so. Because it’s only important to that group, the preservation of that group. So if there is anyone that needs saving, it has to come from that group of people. Never depend on another group for the preservation of your group. Because the only important existence of humanity is the continuation of it, not a specific group of people.


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RAPE CULTURE: ON WHAT LEVEL DOES IT EXIST

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“Is it condoned or not?”


when did it start

America is a country where we have all these buzz words that get people to react in a visceral manner. And one word stands out in today’s society and that is rape culture. Now, do I think we have a culture that is based around the subjugation of women. No, I don’t think we do. And simply because the victimization of a person is not in existence when the person is a “willing” participant. Notice when I said willing participant, I am referring to aspects of our entertainment. We have a culture of young men and women engaging in activity that is deemed to soon for their engagement. But do I think we just except rape as part of our culture, no.

wait, that’s rape

You would be surprised what constitutes for rape in our society today. I, for the longest thought that forcible rape was the real. No, there are many different forms. There is the underage, which another rape I am aware of, but there is this new form, called, “I made a mistake,” rape. Comedian Aziz Ansari was someone accused of assault, but in the description of the situation, you come to realize that it was just a bad date. But people were ready to destroy based on the woman’s description. And to me, that’s scary knowing that a bad date, or her mistake in sleeping with you can be flipped into rape. This is a shift in our culture because now with that kind of ambiguity, it’s scary for both parties.

the movements that spark it all

For the past year, there have been celebrity after celebrity getting into trouble for their sexual misconduct. And that meltdown has sparked a rallying cry, “Times Up,” “Me Too.” The time up for dealing with sexual assault and violence against women and me too expressing it has happened to me as a woman as well. And from these movements the culture of how we interact as men and women shift. Now, is everything all good, meaning, will this movement work in favor of women or ultimately collapse. Now, since we are in real time living, we don’t anything but the good. But a movement, even one used to promote ones well-being can be flipped and used as a tool to do harm.


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BELIEF IS ACTIVE: HOW WE LEARNED TO WORSHIP AS PEOPLE

Bible on Stand Between Candles Inside Hall

“God culture.”


how we came to belief

As humans evolved we came to understand there must be some form of force that is greater than I, that keeps us all in alignment. And in that moment we designed a culture around our belief systems. We have forever wondered why we are here on Earth. No other planet in our reachable distance can life sustain like here on Earth. So we have for the longest felt there must be some type of divinity connected to living on Earth. So where did our beliefs initially come from? Do we have it as a human, or is there something that placed our belief in us? Whatever the reason, we have for thousands of years built our cultures around the idea that our beliefs are active.

methods of worship

Anthropologist still today unearth sites where early humans have used spots to praise some form of God. It must have been a little more majestic, but today there is nothing mroe than just a large group of rocks, stones, and dried out mud. But at the time, there were much larger monuments that were indoor and outdoor venues. We preserve things today, but in the past not so much so. Reason being is that we never thought that life would change from that existence we were living. So you get a chance to see how people built structures, and designs that served as a grounds for prayer. The designs in itself represented the belief, where some places aligned itself with the stars in the sky or even the seasons.

devolving beliefs

As more and more time progress, the idea of our beliefs system shift form higher power, to the idea that this is it. And it (past beliefs) becomes part of the culture that we study today for the future. Humans are an evolving creature and are knowing more and more because our minds are expanding. Who knows what our culture will be based around in hundred or even 1,000 more years. But it will not be the present belief that we have today.


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