Culture can be described asthe complete collection of ideas which are used as the basis of any givensociety. These ideas typically involve such things as religion, cuisine, architecture,language, art forms such as music, sculpture, painting, theatrical performancesetc.
, styles of clothing, scientific knowledge, and so forth. We all know whatsomeone’s character is. Are they reliable? Are they honest? Do they bend thetruth? Are they punctual etc. Culture is the character of an organization orgroup of associated people.
Does the organization value punctuality or does ittolerate tardiness? Does it put customers over employees? Does the group ‘takecare of its own’? It’s a group’s ‘character’.One of the main aspects ofculture is “language.” People who share the same culture, often speak the sameor a similar language. Speaking in a certain language can also affect yourpersonality and how you view the world (ELMES, 2013). How we think aboutsituations directly effects our personality. When we consciously have thoughts,and make decisions we use words (usually sticking to one language, butsometimes interchanging).
What words we have available, and therefore whatthoughts we can describe, and how they get described is based on therestrictions of the language we are using (in most cases). For example, alanguage that uses gendered nouns will subliminally influence your thoughtsabout those objects because of how you approach them linguistically andtherefore in your thoughts. A language that does not have a word for a specificfeeling your emotion may be experiencing, forces you to use known words to”get close” to the feeling you’re having. Common phrases like “Ican’t put what I’m feeling into words”, while often over used, aresometimes a reality, and there are other languages that could accuratelydescribe exactly what that person is feeling. All this subtly effects mood andpersonality similarly to howcolors can have the same effect. The connection amongst language and culture isan astonishing one due generally to a limited extent to the immense trouble inunderstanding individuals’ psychological procedures when they impart (ELMES2003).
Coming from the Middle East where the general spoken language is Arabic,where the expressions are quite literal. (for example, when someone is beingtoo annoying, we say “stop eating my liver.” It doesn’t quite make sense in Englishbut makes perfect sense in Arabic.) There are hundreds of expressions like thisone, which make no sense in English, however help us fully express ourselves inArabic.The second aspect of culture would be “religion” or beliefs. A religionis a system of shared beliefs about the divine or spiritual. Adherents of areligion may divide their identities based on the finer points of belief(Episcopalian rather than merely Christian), or form organized groups such aschurch congregations.
Religion is often taken as an explanation for the things we don’tunderstand. Thousands of years ago we didn’t have modern science too explainwhy things were the way things were. Why do we live? Why do we die? Why doesthe sun rise, or set? Even basic things such as should I eat this certain typeof food. Religion gives a sense of unification and purpose. Many humans’greatest fear is the fear of death, religion gives a peace of mind to people asmost religions preach afterlife or reincarnation. Of course, people have warpedreligion over the ages to fill their own pockets, but the original idea ofreligion is still quite pure, and some of these basic communal gatherings stillexist where no one asks to take your money.
According to Harvard Divinity School, religion is one of the biggestaspects of culture, to the point that a culture cannot be recognized without areligion. Distinctive religious customs comprehend the impact of religion uponlegislative issues in various ways. Customs that we may call ‘principal’recommend that legislative issues involve sorting out society as indicated bydivine charges.
In Iran, for instance, the most noteworthy court in the land isa religious one, drawing its standards from the Shia branch of Islam – thesecond biggest Islamic branch worldwide after the Sunni convention. This court canveto laws of parliament and choose who can hold control.