OH SO PRIDEFUL: THE GREATNESS IN HAVING PRIDE FOR ONES CULTURE

Person in Traditional Dress at the Street

“We’re all cut from something great.”


ones own identity

We all like to think that we are the same. But the reality is, throughout human history we have built these various civilizations in the world. And with that a great culture have come from them. And there is this great pride that comes out of having an identity that stems from ones self. And today we live in a society where pride in self can be misconstrued to mean something else when you start to say cultural pride. You are quickly labeled separatist or racist, but we have to put things in its proper context. When you say ethnic and cultural pride are you talking regards to destroying another person’s to prop yours up. That is a form of racism, but are you just proud of the cultural leaps your group have accomplished.

when it’s gone

Coming from a group of people who have lost and identity, you know how important it is to have some form of recognition. When I look at groups from around the world, I often go, “Wow, I must be nice to have a cultural identifier that defines your group. Coming from America, I am African American, and we lost an identity due to slavery. No names, no real homeland, but only the names of another culture that we don’t belong to. And you will never no matter what be a member of that group. Meaning, I can never pick up a flag of Italy and fly it, yet on Columbus Day in New York Italians line the streets of New York to celebrate. And when you don’t have an identity of your own, you will never be a fully embraced by another group.

human evolution changes

As the world becomes more and more close, we are going to start to see the merging of cultures. And when I say close, I mean, countries continuing to expand until the point where groups will begin to make new cultures out of the current cultures. Meaning China continuing to expand into Africa. What does that mean as more people start to come in from the outside. Will there be an Afro-Chinese creation? Or will groups start to conflict because one feel they are losing their identity? For these reasons alone, it make you want to live forever to see the many changes of our civilizations.


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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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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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