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Introduction Culture is a word most of us believe we understand very well. We've heard this word used many times in our lives, and we have used it many times in conversations about ourselves, our way of life, or when we are talking about other people's way of life. We also use the word culture whenever we are talking about people from other countries and other religions. However, I believe that most people today misuse and misunderstand this word, culture. Culture is the root word of cultivate and when I say this the meaning of culture should become a little clearer. The true definition of culture is growth and development. That which helps us to grow and develop as a person, family, or society is our culture based on this meaning. If this is true, then anything or any way of life that does not serve to bring about growth and development can't be considered as culture. What we mistake for culture in our conversations today, should be classified as people's traditions, customs, rituals, and even superstitions that different societies have adopted over many generations for various reasons. Just because a community of people is practicing something in their daily lives does not mean that this is something that is serving their growth and development as a people. To begin to understand the problems we are facing in our individual lives and our societies today, we must start studying the difference between culture, traditions, customs, rituals, and superstitions versus religion. We must learn the difference between that which is helping us from that which is hurting us, and why. Read more
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