Culture is just one of those things that we might think we know a lot about, but isn’t tangible enough that we can actually get a hold of it and gut it like a fish. No, culture is one of those elusive societal elements that form an integral part of the very fabric of society. But, is it important – does it even matter at all? Most of all, why should anyone give a damn?
There really isn’t a simple answer, but if you analyse it – the importance of culture becomes apparent.
This is Google’s definition of culture – although it still doesn’t shed much light on a very complex but vital part of our society. The way I see culture is something that is everywhere, in homes, on the streets, in the bustling city centres of the world’s great cities, in the diverse cultural destinations of Asia and Europe and many more places. It is, at least in my opinion, the way people collectively see the world – and then act. But then again, this is a very concrete definition, which is an unfair match for an abstract noun.
To use an example, you can learn about the culture of say, China, on the web – but to really experience it, get amongst it, you have to go to the real thing- or at least an authentic Chinese restruant or Chinatown for a sample. This is because culture, really, is a living thing. It is the way people behave towards the world, it is the spirit of a community, the opinions of a land.
Culture is an intrinsic part of society because it lives and breathes everywhere – and its important because it enriches global society through many manifestations. Festivals such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and others are people’s cultures enriching other’s, and being shared. Positive cafe culture creates friendly, casual meet-ups between friends, relatives, business partners and acquantences.
Culture is about identity, attitude, enrichment, background and more.
Unfortunately, there’s a negative side too. Say for example there is a drinking culture, or a culture of undermining other’s opinions – that’s not good. The multiplication of the effect by culture’s contagious nature makes it worse – but it can be made better.
Culture is undoubtably an intrinsic part of global society, and fostering the right culture makes the world all the richer. You may not give two hoots – but you’ll have to face the fact it is everywhere like it or not. Then again, what’s your opinion on culture?