Something interesting that I have been pondering this week:
Are some cultures better than others? And can there be cultures within cultures just in each individual family unit?
I cannot tell you that I have the perfect answer to this question. I am sure that there are many opinions out there regarding these questions, and I would love to hear them. However I thought I might take a minute to talk about about the thoughts I have had regarding the manor.
When you take the time to study different kinds of culture you may come to realize that while it may not be politically correct to say that some cultures are better than others, I think that it is very appropriate and accurate to say that there are some cultures that are much less appropriate than others. Some cultures find it decent to take justice into their own hands and apply cruel forms of punishment to young children, women, men, anyone involved, whether that can be proven or not. I think that it is safe to say that these cultures are in need of change.
But can there be cultures within cultures in different families? I personally believe that my family is a perfect example of this. I come from a white family, born and raised in Texas, in a Mormon community. I am LDS myself, and was quite surrounded by members of my church, as well as many other churches. There is a stereotype that many people would place a white Mormon family in. One that is reclusive to other members of their church, with peculiar ideas regarding religion and what we are willing to consume, say and dress. Also one of my favorite questions growing up, “do you have 10 brothers and sisters?” or, “how many mom’s do you have?” When in actuality I have two sisters, one mother, one father, and a wonderful group of Mormon friends, as well as amazing friends from several different religions. My family over the years have created our very own culture. We have arguments in different ways, we clean in different ways, we have very different humor, traditions, and priorities. This is what makes my families culture. Some of these things I hope to apply in my future family, some things that I would like to evolve into different things. Non the less, all things that have helped develop me into the woman I am today.
What are some of your family dynamic that make up a culture for your family?