A barrier to getting friendly with ourselves might be our culture. The inverse of course could also be true. ‘Takes culture to design the flavor of our homes and habits, our communities and the energy between us and them. Think, TV in the bedroom, alcohol tasters offered to children, books or the absence of books on the floor and shelves. Think religion and diet, family meals or take-out. The way we deal with shame. Culture is a gate-keeper for many of us.
We could call our culture, the way we live together at home, the balance between each family member and the flavor of emotions there. Culture might be layered, wrapping us from one balance of energy into another into another creating our own galaxy between each point of light. In any room, if we look we can find culture. In any space outside, there is a flavor telling us how to maintain the balance between me and thee.
I don’t know if sociologists look at culture this way yet, but I hope they will. With all that observing, data gathered and surmising, I hope they study how the individual can be a better friend to herself in “this” culture. And then I hope they tell us.
Becoming an active designer of your culture is not always easy. But it is friendly.
Questions: How has your culture introduced you to your friend, “Me?” How have you been able to develop a more friendly culture for Me to live in and grow in? What’s still keeping you? Please tell me your story.
- When in Rome, Network as the Romans Do (thenextwomen.com)
- Shame (socyberty.com)
- Religion and Culture (almostclever.wordpress.com)
- Raising Kids in the Wired World (education.com)
- Culture and Work (jenpeterson.wordpress.com)
- What I learned today: Startup culture (venturebent.com)
- “Culturally Responsive” (education420.wordpress.com)