Had 2 longer naps yesterday and a good nights sleep last night, I am feeling good and rested.
I have been pondering for a while on the real value of culture. Now by culture I am referring to or thinking of it as being in maintaining the ways and traditions of our individual ancestors. Now for me, I am a Canadian, but by ancestry, I am part English and part Irish. I am not sure how to maintain my culture or really what it even is. It seems people of every nation are very proud and understandably so of their individual cultures. Can someone help me out here? I am Canadian and very proud of that fact, but as a Canadian, what is the culture, I should maintain?
Canada is a country full of wonderful people, no question about that. It seems though that we don’t share a common Canadian culture. It is like we are a gathering spot for people from all around the world. I don’t know this but I imagine somewhere in Canada we have people of every nationality and every faith known to man. To that I say good. It seems as people come to Canada they like to maintain the “culture” of the country from which they came and that is fair enough, I understand and respect that. We are a country of very mixed and diverse nationalities and cultures that live side by side in peace and Harmony. That is wonderful, we all can learn and gain so much from other cultures.
I don’t know the answer to this so I pose it as a question. By everyone coming together and to at least some degree maintaining their “previous culture” are we depriving ourselves of developing a truly Canadian “culture”? I am not trying to say this is either a good thing or a bad thing. I quess, I am just left wondering if say I emigrated to Australia or somewhere and wanted to maintain my Canadian culture, how would I do that? What do I have to maintain? I just don’t know.
OK, to figure this culture thing out, I went to wikopedia and got this:
Culture can be defined as all the ways of life including arts, beliefs and institutions of a population that are passed down from generation to generation. Culture has been called “the way of life for an entire society.” As such, it includes codes of manners, dress, language, religion, rituals, games, norms of behavior such as law and morality, and systems of belief as well as the art.
Now by ancestory I am part English and part Irish. Does this mean I should be looking back to England or Ireland to find “my culture”? But, I am not English, I am not Irish, I am Canadian.
I am not trying to sound negative on this whole culture idea, I am trying to understand it and the tremendous importance it seems to have for some. Is not culture but mere history. A history of the way our individual ancestors did things in the past. That is good to know, good to learn from and honor. But what does that have to do with me as an individual today and how I choose to live my life today.
I really would appreciate feed back on this as I really don’t get it. Here are but 2 examples of why I just don’t get it.
Now understand I am not trying to belittle or minimize the situation of anyone, be it an individual or a group. I am trying to understand it, so please explain it to me.
I have heard and read of many people that feel their lives today have if not been destroyed at least hampered or minimized by the lose of their origingal culture. Now my heart and prayers do go out to all and I am not trying to minimize past injustices. But, culture is history, some ancient history some fairly recent history, but history none the less, today is today. Maybe, I don’t understand the importance of culture since I don’t even know really what mine is. I guess that means I have been deprived of my culture.
My second point is in our child care system here in Canada. I am specifically thinking of when children are placed into foster care, often having been taken away from parents for anyone of a multitude of reasons. Now what I am saying applies equally to children of every ethnic background. Such a child is essentially placed into the care of the government all administered to by different agencies. Now in my mind, the well being of the child should take priority over all other. This does not indeed seem to be the case as is seen by my non expert eye based on newspaper articles. Major priority seems to be returning the child to some member of the family, be they qualified or not. Another major priority is to place the child in a home of the same ethnic background. I understand and appreciate that. So often I read that this “culture” thing takes priority over the well being of the child and to that I say WRONG.
I just don’t understand the importance of this whole “culture thing”.