Cultural Legacy

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In this day and age, it is anything but difficult to forget about our cultural legacy inside the monster blend of present day society. Keeping in mind the end goal is to comprehend how our background shapes the way we understand and react to conflict, maybe we should first attempt to comprehend the way of life from which we started. To begin, I was conceived in Guyana. Guyana is a little nation off the northern corner of South America; it is, however, incorporated into the Caribbean Region because of its solid society, authentic, and political binds to the Caribbean people. The nationals of Guyana live under the Coat of Arm, "One People, One Nation, and One Destiny." Guyana is ethnically assorted comprising of six Nations: East Indian, Chinese, …show more content…
For example, Christmas is celebrated by all and it is not uncommon to see a Christmas tree in a Hindu or Muslim home. Moreover, based on my commitments in Hinduism, I will discuss a tradition that I personally follow. Everyone in my household looks forward to Diwali-Festival of Lights. It is celebrated by lighting small lamps called diyas which is arranged in beautiful patterns. It is the time when we gather with loved ones, celebrating our family, our friends and the prosperity God has bestowed upon us. I specifically remember always being hyper as a child because Diwali is one of my favorite holidays as it is celebrated around my birthday which is in November. At nights my grandmother would prepare sweets such as Metai and Parsad. Also, at this time, my uncles would explode fireworks and my cousins and I played with sparklers. Later that night people like to walk around and admire all the diyas in the houses around the community. There is also a parade, which we call motorcade in my country, to end off the …show more content…
It shapes our values, perceptions, experiences, and assumptions. Avruch states, “Culture always comes in the plural” (Avruch, 2004). Each of us belongs to multiple cultures that teaches what is appropriate and expected, thus our cultural expectations may differ from others. As a result, it often unconsciously influences conflict. Because of the values and practices I grew up with, I try to stay calm and remember to show respect when I am faced with a conflict. I noticed that most of the times I automatically try to be accommodating. I try to listen to the other person with an open mind and heart, hoping they would do the same for me. Consequently, due to my upbringing, I understand that conflict does not always have to be negative. My conflict experience with my family was valuable. I am very satisfied with my current conflict styles, not only has it improved my skills in conflict resolution, it also improved my communication and listening skills overall. I do not know about you, but I dislike conflicts in general. Spending my days upset and trying to avoid the people around me is not exactly my idea of a good

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