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Culture and its benefits in our lives

 By Ragab Karam Ali, CNN Week


Updated 04:6 AM December 28, 2023



 

Culture is a social behavior and standard found in human societies. Culture is a central concept in anthropology, encompassing the range of phenomena that are transmitted through social learning in human societies. Some aspects of human behavior, social practices such as culture, expressive forms such as art, music, dance, ritual, and techniques such as tool use, cooking, shelter, and clothing are cultural universals, found in all human societies.


Culture embraces a wide spectrum, from cherished historical monuments and museums to living heritage practices and contemporary art forms, and leaves its mark on our lives in countless ways, helping us build inclusive, creative and resilient societies.


The German philosopher Immanuel Kant put forward an individual definition of the concept of enlightenment, which is a concept similar to the concept of Bildang mentioned above. The word enlightenment means “the emergence of a person from a state of immaturity that has cost him a lot of trouble.” Kant pointed out that this maturity does not come from a state of lack of understanding, but rather comes from a state of A lack of courage to think independently. Kant also called for what he called Sapir Oud in an attempt to push back this state of mental cowardice by saying, “Be brave in order to be wise.” Some German teachers - in response to what Kant mentioned - such as Johann Gottfried Herder, pointed out that creativity The human being, which is unpredictable and can naturally take very diverse forms, is in no way less important than human rationality. Moreover, Herder offered a proposed formulation of bildung: for him this concept is the sum of experiences which provides the individual with identity Cohesive, sense of common destiny.


Twentieth century views on the concept of the word culture

American Anthropologist

Although anthropologists around the world agree with Taylor's definition of culture, in the twentieth century the concept of the word "culture" emerged as a central and unifying concept in American anthropology, as it largely symbolically refers to human capacity that in turn expresses experiences Individualism symbolically, while at the same time relating those symbolic experiences socially. American anthropology can be divided into four fields, each of which plays an important role in the investigation of culture: biological anthropology, linguistics, cultural anthropology, and archaeology. Research in these areas has influenced anthropologists working in other countries to varying degrees.


Biological anthropology: and its impact on the development of culture

Research on culture between two centers of biological anthropologists revolves around two debates. The first is the unique human culture, or in sharing with other races, as is evident, other primate animals. This is an important question, as the theory of evolution is based on the fact that humans are descended from a now-extinct lineage of non-human primitives. Secondly, how did the concept of culture develop among human beings


Benefits of culture

Man is distinguished from other creatures.

Keeping up with all the changes that occur in the era of speed and globalization.

Contributing to the renaissance and development of society. The more culture a society has, the greater its sophistication, progress, and civilization.

Cultivating individual talents; Because through culture, thinking, research, and reading, a person is able to know his various talents and work to develop them. Achieving intellectual prosperity and scientific wealth.

Pushing society towards development and improvement through science, reading, and adopting everything new, and this can only be achieved through culture.

Get rid of free time by busying yourself with reading and thinking.

  Correcting the distortions of some people and increasing their positive energy.

Achieving solutions to problems faster as a result of the accumulation of knowledge and experience among individuals in particular and institutions in general.

Elevating a person to the highest levels of success in life, and culture paves the way for the intellectual to reach his goals and dreams in a way that he possesses experience and knowledge.

Gaining the person’s love, respect, and affection from others.

  Increasing the ability of individuals, institutions or organizations to make sound decisions by informing them of the experiences of their predecessors regarding matters of management, planning, and decision-making.


Culture arises in a society and is reflected in the practices and behaviors of the members of that society. Culture is transmitted between generations specifically through human language. The transmission of culture is not limited to the transmission of sciences and human knowledge, but rather includes the transmission of individuals’ behaviors, their way of living, their food, their drink, their clothing, and the way they interact. Culture is characterized by its ability to continue and survive over time. It is eternal and does not end with the end of the life of its prominent and influential bearers. Culture corresponds to the geographical setting of a society and to the surrounding environment. It consists of acquired thought and the behaviors of its individuals. It directs the behavior of individuals in all aspects of life, and its function is to regulate interactive behavior among members of society.

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