The Influence Of Culture

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When people hear the word “culture”, they automatically think of race and the cultural differences between whites, blacks, muslims and other ethnic groups. The real meaning of culture is the idea that a group of people takes part in common activity collectively. It is, simply, a way of thinking. As different groups have distinct ideas, it therefore creates separate cultures. One’s culture is defined by their beliefs, values, attitudes, concept of the universe or other personal decisions. Cultures come to people in a variety of ways. Some are forced upon a person from their family, grown into or are put on by a personal choice. To truly comprehend another’s culture, it is key to look at every aspect of it and how they ended up in there in …show more content…
Obviously, we are not born wherever we want so people tend to either praise or blame God for where they live. Born in Canada, I have deposited different knowledge and understanding than some countries in the world. Coming to America, it is difficult for people to tell I’m from a different national culture, but when people hear me talk, they notice the accent instantly. This culture is not one that overly affects my life here in America as the way of life here is similar. When I have travelled outside of North America to places such as Nicaragua, I instantly become a minority and my national culture was extremely apparent. Even being born into this culture, I’m proud of it. Being Canadian and having freedom is not something I overlook. In terms of food, arts, religion, music, and other cultural aspects we have much in common with America to the point I feel no difference being here. Though I had no choice of being in this culture, I would not choose differently if given the choice again. Some we are born into but other cultures may have been due to our parents choice. While we may not agree fully with their opinions it is something that is often pressed onto …show more content…
One being national, another being religious and lastly an educational decision. The communication differences are small between these three and all of them include similar types of people that I have encountered with. The only culture that may have hindered my communication with people is my Christian culture. In elementary school, I felt forced to be the Christian I wanted to be but being influenced my people outside of that culture made it difficult. For the Canadian and Lipscomb culture, I was set in both of them with no full mindset, but grew mentally and physically through both to the point communication within it became simple. In Canada, individualism and collectivism are both apparent. We learn to become self-reliant but also be collective with each other as Hofstede explains in his theory. The communication within these different cultures have been set before me generally and are due to the symbols or beliefs of the culture. Everyone is clearly influenced my some of their culture in one way or another. Even in writing these four pages I have thought more about my cultures than I ever have before. It truly gives you a better understanding of who you are as a member of that culture and overall

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