Culture: What is it Exactly?

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Many people believe that your culture defines who you are as a person, as well as in society. When in retrospect, culture is something that you have no control over. You are brought up in a certain way that your family has been brought up for generations. No amount of schooling or experience, can help shape or control who you really are as a person. Sure, in your lifetime you can see extraordinary things that might change your view or opinion on certain subjects, but overall, your culture is what defines you. For many people, it is strange and weird to see something out of the ordinary when it comes to doing thing different. For example, what some might consider to be an insult, others might see it as common courtesy. What type of foods that might be deemed as foul and disgusting in one culture, might be seen as an everyday source of nutrition for another. Culture is a part of who we are, and what we believe in, even if sometimes it seems a little crazy. I believe that is comes down to two main things when dealing with culture. One is how you were raised in this world by your family, and two, your religious side or background and how it all ties you together as the person you are. Being raised in a Hispanic household, there were a lot of different things that went on that could have been consider, a little out of the ordinary. Our culture is a big part of who we are as a people, and family. For example, no matter how successful you think you might get in life, you can always have a family member in your tree to let you know that you aren’t doing that great. This is in no mean shape or form of disrespect, or even a put down, it is just how we are as a people. When someone see’s you succeeding in life, they usually give you a har... ... middle of paper ... ... are as a person. It comes from family and how they were raised, and how they raised you, and how you will raise your children, and so on. Culture is something that is always going to be a part of you no matter what. Doesn’t matter if you have a fancy degree form a private school. Doesn’t matter if you’re an owner of a successful business, and it doesn’t matter how much money you have or make. In the end, a person has to know where they come from and remember their roots in life. Works Cited Bragg, L. (2001). Deaf Wrold . New York and London : New York University Press. Merrell, F. (2003). The Mecivans a Sense of Culture. Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press. Mindess, A. (2006). Reading Between The Signs . Boston London : Intercultural Press. Nemoianu, V. (2010). Postmoderism & Cultural Identities. Washington D.C.: Catholic University of America Press .
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