June 19, 2010
Can a given culture tell the personality and individuality of another person who does not belong to that particular type of society or culture? NOT. Culture and tradition belongs to certain group of society who share same type of belief and thinking towards something. In a very fact there are certain things that are universal and international, but that is not the case here.
For example, I am borne and grown up in Ethiopia; my reality and identity goes in relation to the type of society which I belong here; but I could have certain things which could not interest me in here, this does not mean that I am not an Ethiopian. I speak the language, eat the food, have similar facial appearance and know the culture too.
In this regard, politicians and other community leaders have no natural and …right to decide the fate of one’s nationality in terms of natural realities, but in terms of rights and benefits, since power belongs to them, they have every right to deprive one’s right and benefit as a citizen, which is temporary; since when one party or leader abrogates certian rights and benefits of th eother; the next one could remove such abandonments and offers another rights and benefits too. Here they have a right to change th ecolor, but not the fate; even the individual, his/herself, cannot remove such things since such realities are natural and one is borne with.
However when there is a claim and thinking regarding one given culture as a standard to weigh any other given thinking or personality here come the fallacy and very unrealistic since culture is a reality that has its own boundary and margin that works for a given society and individuals who live in that given circle.
Mentioning one person’s life as an example here, one was borne and raised up in Canada, but after getting married to another person in Iran, one could totally change one’s name and character to the east, with the desire and intention of being related to the east stuff…. and the like. Holiness depends upon acts and characters, but not belonging to a given culture and joining certain family and the like. This reminds, me to a movie I watched …”Not without my daughter” thing…
If some one from the west tries and likes to become a person in the east, changing one’s total identity, this is according to me stupidity and foolishness; and impossible thing to be… identity is important and essential matter as life as a human being and reality in which one’s culture and identity is a life and death thing to one’s reality as well…why do one change one’s personality and identity in name of spirituality and desire of being holy? Here is it is hard to accept that every one is having straightened nose and big eyes, in which the fish bowl is becoming like same kind of banana without strawberry thing, what kind of identity and society this could be, one could imagine. Boring!!
The beauty of this world is its diversity, difference in opinion and culture, but the maturity of this world lies in tolerance and respect of everyone’s culture and opinion. Why do I have to change my name, and have another name I do not know of the culture and society? What if I like names of the west like, William, George; John and the like than Mirza, Jinabi, and the like?
The point about culture is it is huge and dynamic force a society creates out of communication and interaction so as to create momentum within a specific group of people so that a given society could be identified and well known by the practices and customs with its own lifestyle that could tell the type of civilization and thinking level and reality at a given point and time.
In this regard, Identity plays significant role; it is to mean that I prefer the name my parents gave it to me so that I could be know the rest of my life with that given name so that I avoid confusion and respect their choices for I believe that this could have its own mystery and purpose.
Culture is life style and communications media for those people who reside in a given domain; but it is not mandatory thing; although there are certain consequences individuals face due to their deviation from such life styles such as stigmatization and discrimination, which is obvious. But it is not a mandatory thing one does for the sake of survival thing.
Hence the balance of culture works correct and right to those who belong in its respective domain, which does not mean that individuals who deviate from such practices are wrong and bad people. There are always people who manipulate and take advantage of the weaknesses of given cultures in its practices and the like for their personal advantages and in such cases there are sincere people who could be victims of such tricky people, and thus they could prefer to stay outside that given culture for the sake of their own protection, which could be useful and safe as well.
It is important to weigh and see individuals in their characters and thinking than make personal judgments since they do not take coffee in same bars we do and they do not come to our home and the like. Many people are judgmental and they prefer that every one should perform the type of thing they do to consider them as normal, which sounds so up surd and non-sense.