Inherited meanings as part of our culture.

I just finished reading a chapter from a very intense book for one of my classes. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I will share that it talked about how culture can influence the way we think, feel, and see the world. Not just the world, things, people, it can even influence how we interpret the meaning of experiences.

Everyone has heard the saying that the same two people growing up in the same home can have VERY different experiences and stories to share. What I am trying to share is somewhere along those lines.

So, inherited meanings can…mask our view of the world….or they can reveal a particular view. For example, I grew up in a very Latino neighborhood in southern California and for the longest time I thought everyone celebrated Easter the way my family did. We crack eggs shells (cascarones) on each others heads. I’m not exactly sure about the history of that tradition. I think it is a Texas-Mexican tradition, but I may be wrong. Either way, what I am saying is I believe we inherit both good and bad ideals or interpretations of our the world. Whether we are referring to our opinions about Spanglish, what a woman is supposed to look like, or the roles we are supposed to become, it is all inherited and it is all evident in the way we speak, dress, and make our way in this world.

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