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The Views Of Different Cultures In The Baptist Church, From The Mid 17th Century To The Contemporary Period

1737 words - 7 pages

The various factors that define a culture are the way people see a cultures attitude, family values, religion in the family, and the origin of your family. At the present time, the people of the world are very stereotypical, which is one of the many ways to misinterpret people of a different culture. To best understand a culture you should take the time to absorb their way of life and learn to really appreciate their culture.The first factor, which contributes to the identification with a culture and a nation, is a culture attitude towards outsiders. In "Canadians: What do they want?" written by Margaret Atwood, it tells of Americans attitude toward the Canadians as a lesser person and their need to be liked by others. The Canadians are looked at as inferior because after WW II, American business owners went into Canada and took over most of their businesses. Some Canadians dislike Americans for this because they have taken their own identity away from Canada.Sometimes Americans get nervous when new cultures come into their lives. In the book "The Arab World" by Edward Hall, he uses hidden dimensions and proximal patterns to show how the Arab culture presents itself. He writes, "I moved my body in such a way as to communicate annoyance. Strangely enough, instead of moving away, my actions seemed only to encourage him, because he moved even closer" (p.201). This statement shows how an Arab man could make an American man nervous by getting to close. Some may ask, what is too close? In the Arab culture closeness is a sign of respect, but in American culture closeness is only for people who are affectionate. Another example of attitudes in culture is in the story "Some Reflections on American Manners" by Alexis de Tocqueville. Tocqueville argues that Americans have no code of behavior and also have too much mobility in their actions. Through his essay, Tocqueville uses the example that America has turned into an Individualistic Society which has destroyed the Aristocratic way of life with the new idea of democracy. The attitude of a person inside a certain culture is seen differently than what the visitors of that culture see. This view from a different person brings stereotypes about and is the wrong way to start a relationship with a culture or a person.Secondly, family values also contribute to the identity of a culture and a nation. The essay, "The Way to Rainy Mountain" written by N. Scott Momaday, talks about how the writer wants to be with his grandmother. The grandmother is a way to his past and his roots. The grandmother was a teacher to her grandson. "My grandmother had a reverence for the sun, a holy regard that now is all but gone out of mankind. There was awareness in her, and an ancient awe" (pg. 51). The writer had the idea of respect and thought that his grandmother was the only way back to his roots. The writers view of family is very strong because he uses a myth, which most Native Americans use to tells stories and teach their...

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