I do not want my house to be Walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all lands to be blown about my house as freely as possible. But I refuse to be blown off my feet by any. I refuse to live in other people’s houses as an interloper, a beggar or a slave. – M K Gandhi.
Hello friends, the above quote was made by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the father of our nation, India. It compelled me to ponder about the essence of culture and civilization and its importance in our lives. The main difference between the human and animal world is our ability to think and live in an ever-evolving civilized society. We have our own distinct culture and way of life based on the geographical boundaries set up by our ancestors.
Today, after the advent of social media, the world has transformed practically into a global village. People can freely and conveniently interact with each other irrespective of state or national boundaries. We can get a glimpse of such diverse cultures, traditions and lifestyles, thus enlarging our general outlook of life. It’s indeed desirable to know and imbibe the best qualities of other cultures and incorporate them into ours. But just blindly aping a foreign one, disregarding our own is certainly a way to inevitable disaster.
Knowing and appreciating our roots is very much essential to building our personality and character. We must acquaint Generation Z with the same. So that they can be able to respect their own culture while integrating themselves with the world at large.
It doesn’t mean that the world should be segregated based on sectarian culture. Instead, all must co-inhabit in harmony, learning and respecting the other cultures yet aware of their distinct ethnicity. Let the new progressive ideas and way of life intermingle and positively benefit each other, without trespassing.
We must also strive to weed out the obsolete and regressive aspects of our culture which are detrimental to our growth yet mindful to keep the light of our traditions burning. A rootless tree is not known to survive for long.
Let’s all try to broaden the horizon of our minds by all the good aspects of the people and culture we come in contact with, like a whiff of fresh air into the room of our minds. Accord the same respect to all. Denigrating one and extolling the other should always be avoided. Try to learn about our own culture and their inherent qualities, then only we could call ourselves a truly social being.
Thanks a lot for reading. Wish you all health and happiness.
Adieu for now.
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