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Religion and Cultural Diffusion

I truly believe we are born with a unique fingerprint that includes three things: So here we are at birth with our unique fingerprint made up of ethnicity, culture, and kindness.

But before I continue with this train of thought, I think it would be very useful to give you my definition of some of the words we are going to use. For me, when I think of this word, what comes to mind is a response to stimulus.

This is also what comes to mind for me when I think of "learned behavior. I see this as part of your initial fingerprint at birth whether we know this or not. For me, culture is a country or a place that has its own beliefs, a way of life, etc. Some believe it is innate, some believe it is learned, and some believe we need to get rid of culture all together.

Examples of Cultural Diffusion

One of the interesting things in our lives in 2016 is that we are all connected, and I mention this because it is so important to understand that we are exposed to much more than we were 30 years ago. Meaning we did not travel as much and the World Wide Web was only a tiny figment of someone's imagination. We had no idea that technology -- what we see on the small and big screens in our homes -- would bring into our day-to-day lives such closeness with so many different cultures!

  • Inability or unwillingness to change may result in a higher level of conflict;
  • Groups previously isolated geographically or politically become ever more aware of different ways of thinking, living, and behaving, and sometimes of the existence of vastly different standards of living;
  • Of course, nations all across the globe went on to produce gunpowder, too;
  • The high value placed on new technological invention in many parts of the world has led to increasingly rapid and inexpensive communication and travel, which in turn has led to the rapid spread of fashions and ideas in clothing, food, music, and forms of recreation.

Today, where most of us live in a completely different society or environment from which we were born into, we sometimes do not even speak the language of our birth-culture. For example, you will meet a lot of Mexicans in California, who were born and raised here and have never spoken Spanish. I would like to take this example to open the conversation about culture and how it affects our everyday lives.

The child who is born here, what they call "first generation," has a burden on their shoulders at birth.

Part 1: What Is Culture and How Does It Affect Our Daily Lives?

The parents may have immigrated under difficult circumstances and their hopes to see their children do well in their new environment are huge. The pressure is on that child from the moment it is born! The expectation of the parents for this child are of tremendous opportunities that the parents can only imagine as they have never had that. Education, college, a master's degree, a well-paying job, and hopefully citizenship of the new country.

Common Cultural Diffusions

Now we will add culture to this mix and suddenly we have a lot of explosive elements. This child has to navigate two sets of cultures. Let's take the example of a Mexican family in the US, but this could be any family really!

  1. The characteristics of a child's social setting affect how he or she learns to think and behave, by means of instruction, rewards and punishment, and example.
  2. All resources of production are owned by the state, on the assumption that private ownership causes greed and leads to the exploitation of workers by owners.
  3. People learn of new products in other countries, like personal computers or cell phones, demand increases, the product becomes more affordable, and the product is spread around the world.
  4. Membership in these groups influences how people think of themselves and how others think of them.
  5. Constitution, for example, requires the federal government to perform only a few such functions. Nations with strong internal consensus on their own religious or political ideologies may pursue foreign policies that aggressively promote the spread of such ideologies in other countries and undermine groups with competing ideas.

At home, this child most likely hears Spanish spoken by the parents. If there are other children who are older, they already speak English.

And so when this child goes to school, where it will spend I would say 75 percent of its time for the next 15 years at least, he or she will be exposed to the culture of the new place, the new country, with its own sets of intricate rules and customs that are totally different from the culture of his parents.

This is why I added the definitions of the word culture in the beginning to make it easier to follow. A society, place, or country comes with a culture and customs so that we can behave accordingly and find a place to fit in and to belong in the culture and thus in the country.

  • The group situation provides the rewards of companionship and acceptance for going along with the shared action of the group and makes it difficult to assign blame or credit to any one person;
  • Natural disasters such as storms or drought can cause failure of crops, bringing hardship and famine, and sometimes migration or revolution;
  • If one region didn't have the climate to produce one crop, another did, and those goods were diffused across countries and nations;
  • Some believe it is innate, some believe it is learned, and some believe we need to get rid of culture all together;
  • Common Cultural Diffusions Let's expand our horizons beyond those sushi dinners and daily tweets with some examples of cultural diffusion in society today:

In the case of this child, the adaptation process happens twice in a day. When she arrives at school every morning and when she arrives back home after a long day at school. Now one of the reasons I find this fascinating is first of all how adaptable children are in general, and second, that often nobody in either culture actually assists in explaining how their culture works, like having a manual or a textbook to help you through the trials and errors.

  1. Convenient communication and transportation also stimulate social change.
  2. The resisting groups may then launch efforts to reverse, modify, or circumvent the change, and so the conflict persists.
  3. As a man living in Los Angeles watches YouTube videos on how to make his own sushi, he reaps the benefits of a healthy lifestyle offered by the Japanese culture. Summation In order to better grasp the relationship between all of the different mechanisms of change operating within and between societies, it is useful to see them again in summary.
  4. This chapter covers recommendations about human society in terms of individual and group behavior, social organizations, and the processes of social change.

These children are then left to their own devices, abandoned to fend for themselves by both cultures! Next week, we will cover how to help our children, students, or friends navigate several cultures and feel at the same time a sense of belonging in all of them! We will also address different examples of how culture works for us or against us at crucial times in our development.

When is it a constraint or when do we perceive it as a freedom?