As more and more students and professionals live, work, visit, and are educated in countries that are not their native countries , our perceptions of our own cultural roots and social values invariably defines the friction and struggle we as individuals face in our now hybrid social lives.
GreaterKashmir.com delves into this topic and attributes much of our cultural confusion of traditionalism vs. modernity to language.
“Multiculturalism and the evolution of the world into a global village connected in interdependence has widened the contours of our knowledge and our perspectives.”
The article goes on to state that language is the most important and comprehensive channel through which societies pass on history, culture and social values from one generation to the next.
The most prevalent differences in culture, according to the article, are between Eastern and Western cultures, which often times causes huge culture shocks.
The article specifically references the Kashmir language but it could really be any language/culture. It points out, “A string of intertwined factors in our society have resulted in a weakened interest and pride in our history and culture – be it our handicrafts, our literature or the symbols of Kashmir.”
Do think that our society has a weakened interest in cultural pride and history?
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