Course 4: Understanding the Culture

Know the Influence

Becoming free of the influences of hate involves us impacting the culture around us. For example, we’ll refer to two types of culture for easy reference. We’ll call one “collective culture” and the other, “relative culture”. Both types must be effected in order for you to become fully free of hate’s influence. The “relative culture” is always the most urgent as this will often be the circles that directly influence your life like home, work, school or your social clubs. The “collective culture” is a lot broader. The collective culture can encompass your state, country and even the world. What will always be most urgent to you is your relative culture which impacts your life directly and immediately.

The Influence of Relative Culture

Your relative culture is enforced by the leaders within a specific group. The relative culture can change per group, institution and situation. There is a different culture you have at home or around friends, and there is also a different culture you adhere to at work and at school. Everyone has their own personal diversities and culture based upon their upbringing and beliefs. Your individuality is defined by your personal culture and experiences. The culture you were raised within, helped to shape your identity and sense of self. Regardless of what our personal beliefs are, we often conform to the culture of our immediate environment in order to become an intricate part of society. This is how we adapt to relative culture. If for instance, your job requires you to sell buttons but you were raised to believe that buttons are bad luck, you might just find yourself turning buttons into lucky charms just to get through the day. When you get home, you might throw away all and any extra buttons that made it’s way into your pockets or hand bag. The culture in an environment can impact how you respond within that environment. It might not change you or what you choose to believe, but it will influence how you interact with others or how you respond to the situation.

If hate, bullying, disrespect or rudeness has become a common part of the expected behavior within an institution, it begins to become a part of that relative culture. Until the leaders say that it is not alright to engage in such behavior, the culture may remain the same. If new rules are set and enforced, the culture within any institution or social group will begin to evolve. Some people over time might even begin to adopt the new perspective into other aspects of their daily lives. You can play a great role in how you influence your relative culture.

Influences of the Collective Culture

The collective culture influences us as a larger whole. There is a culture and pride of your state, a culture and pride of your country and a culture and pride of just being human. The collective culture binds a people together regardless of other cultural beliefs, diversities or reservations. This is a more dominant form of influence that will always play a part in influencing our relative culture. Media, social media, politics and pop culture all play a huge role in how our collective culture is shaped and perceived. Our collective culture can shift, change or evolve based upon changes in political leadership, pop culture (movies, music, video games, or social media). The people have the power of shifting how we perceive ourselves based upon who we elect into political office, the type of media we purchase, shows we attend, and how we engage in social media.

How to Impact Collective Culture

  • Your political leaders play a huge role in helping to shift our collective views of one another, but we also collectively decide who can hold the seats of influence and how far they can go within their position. Our votes help, but more than that, our collective voice dictate the outcomes, regardless of who holds office. The people shift the political powers that dictate our collective influence.
  • Pop culture determines what is cool, or even what is acceptable or unacceptable through the type of media we are entertained by. We dictate what can influence us collectively based upon what we choose to purchase or support. If our interest (and our wallets) shift in one direction, the interest of developers and producers shift in that direction as well. It isn’t even personal, it’s business. We cast our vote every time we make a purchase of anything media related and the industry is forced to comply.
  • ┬áSocial Media is in the hands of the people. This is where the people are most powerful and little to nothing can put a hold on it’s influence over the masses except shutting down social networks. Your voice could not be more important here. This is where just about anybody can have an influence on pop, political or media culture.