When we talk about “culture” we often mean intellectual and creative products, including literature, music, drama, and painting. Another use of “culture” is to describe the beliefs and practices of another society, particularly where these are seen as closely linked with tradition or religion. But culture is more than that. Culture is part of the fabric of every society, including our own. It shapes “the way things are done” and our understanding of why this should be so.
“Culture… is… the whole complex of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or a social group. It includes not only arts and letters but also modes of life, the fundamental rights of the human being, value systems, traditions, and beliefs.” Societies and cultures are not static. They are living entities that are continually being renewed and reshaped.
Change is shaped by many factors. Cultural change occurs as communities and households respond to social and economic shifts associated with globalization, new technologies, environmental pressures, armed conflict, development projects, etc. Change also results from deliberate efforts to influence values through changes in the law or government policy, often due to pressure from civil society. There are many examples of efforts to influence attitudes about race relations, the rights of workers and the use of the environment, to name three areas in which cultural values shape behavior.
New cultural definitions are formed through a process in which some segments of society promote change through advocacy and example, while others resist it. In other words, societies are not homogeneous and no assumptions can be made about a consensus on “cultural values.” Cultural values are continually being reinterpreted in response to new needs and conditions. Some values are reaffirmed in this process, while others are challenged as no longer appropriate.
But most of the Filipinos nowadays have forgotten our culture, due to the development of new technologies; people of today are too much dependent on it, that’s why they weren’t able to take a look back on their cultures and traditions. Like Larong Pinoy which is popular during “Baby boomers and Generation X’’. Unlike now at the year of Millennial, they are embracing the high-tech gadgets, computer, etc.
We as a student, a Filipino and a child of this nation wanted to inform you guys that we should bring back those cultures that disappear during modern development. Let us focus on the enrichment of our dying cultures, for the sake of the next generation who would inherit the cultures that we value and also let them experience what we had experience, as a part of molding them to be good members of our growing community.
Stop adopting and mimicking the cultures and traditions of others, instead find ways to help with the rebirth of our own cultures in the mind, heart, and souls of every Filipinos all over the world.
Life and Works of Rizal
Buenaventura, Ma. Frechesca Geneve
Chavez, Marry Joy