And which components constitute our conception of culture?
Components of culture All cultures are characterized by constant change.
Will it sound better if I said I am increasing my cultural horizons to include] other things like Punk rock and RAP?
Can I get away with it if I change slowly instead of quickly will start with music and clothes for the 20 years of my life.
However, it also means that the less we perform activities, which are part of the group that we belong to, the more endangered our culture becomes.
So I ask myself – “Is Indian culture on the decline?
Is it slow death of our culture as the traditionalist would call it? Or is it also our values such as honesty, our humility our respect and warmth for one another. Well, humility reduces confidence so let’s get rid of that one as well.
Quite clearly, as we look around us, the world is not frozen in time so it must be some core rules that transcend time. Respect your parents, work hard, and ask forgiveness for your sins once in awhile, etc… Well, I have not changed as far as those are concerned. Elders, they don’t know it all, so I will listen to them just a little less every year, following my philosophy of slow change. I am sure nobody will notice until it’s too late eventually they will give up on me and call me a lost cause, until I make a success (myself in the States or some other foreign country and then they will accept me again. It is actually ‘success with your family’ in disguise.
Are we replacing our values and traditional practices with others, and is that such a bad thing? So, culture helps differentiate one group from another therefore there must be something unique about us Indians.
” For starters, I don’t go around in a ‘Dhoti’ with ‘Tilak’ on my forehead; instead I put on my denims, stick the i-pod headphones in my ears and listen to some punk rock. So should we all be in Dhotis and follow the caste system, or do we let ourselves evolve slowly? Is it our food, the cricket, Bollywood, shared history, our religious celebrations, etc?