How Our Beliefs and Culture Effect One Another: Real-Life Example of Malala Yousafzai

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Our beliefs and our cultural view are two different things that are related. Our culture can differ from others but we usually have the same in our own country or area. This is because countries can have different religions and cultures and the culture for that region is usually shaped by religion or vice-versa. Religious culture can also be defined by the group in that you have grown up with, but for example, in Germany, religion is shaped by the area and where you come from. Our beliefs or knowledge can be independent from our cultural views for a number of reasons, for example, Malala Yousafzai’s. Malala was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban for believing in women’s education, knowing that if she continued to believe and write a blog about it she would get in trouble. So to what extent can our beliefs differ from our culture? Our beliefs are what we believe in and what we want something to be like and our culture is sometimes based or shaped by religion. Culture has a social norm in which we follow, whereas in religion it’s different for everyone, in that we believe in things that we can or cannot do or rules to follow. Many people have gone against their culture to do something they believe in, for example Martin Luther, whose life was in danger but still continued to help by re writing the bible. Malala Yousafzai is a young girl who’s beliefs and her knowledge that she had learned was different from the culture of her country at only the age of 11. The Taliban is a fundamentalist party in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They enforced a strict version of the sharia law. They treat women very harsh and in 2012, they shot Yousafzai in the head and neck for writing a blog and doing interviews going against the Taliban and open... ... middle of paper ... ...ample the people of that certain region. As I have shown through examples and a real-life situation, beliefs and knowledge can be independent of our culture and cultural views. When we believe it is ethically right, the extent to which we stray from our culture and follow our beliefs and knowledge can be extreme. The real-life situation of Malala Yousafzai is an example of someone who risked their own life to help others, even if people argue that Pakistan is worse now, many could argue that the future of Pakistan and other countries is going to get better because of the light that Yousafzai brought onto the hardships that is happening. Works Cited van de Lagemaat, R 2005, Theory of Knowledge for the IB Diploma, Cambridge University Press, United Kingdom, 256-288 363-396 , Diary of a Pakistani schoolgirl". BBC News. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2012.

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