Culture

By definition

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Culture names informal processes with a compelling aspiration to ‘do well’, whether it is an act driven by necessity, curiosity, or faith. Each course of action consists of material as well as immaterial properties. The interdependent relationship of these properties is subject to continuous change. Such practices occur frequently with repetition across the spectrum of everyday life. Some are rather permanent, while others are rather temporary.

To interpret events – generated by the above mentioned processes – seem to be more straightforward than providing an explanation to them.

FOOTNOTES

INFORMAL PROCESSES: A myriad of activities we conduct in our daily lives simultaneously in both mental and physical levels.

COMPELLING ASPIRATION TO ‘DO WELL’: An inner compulsion, dedication, commitment or diligence (regardless how long it takes, or what effort it may require) in order to carry out tasks as best we can.

ACTS: Things that are done/performed by physical or mental processes.

– DRIVEN BY NECESSITY: Something that is done by a decisive impulse to fulfill a need. It can be either physical (eating, sleeping, bathing) or psychological one (communicating by any means of articulation, giving love, freedom).

– DRIVEN BY CURIOSITY: The relentless struggle to map the world from a variety of angles and make sense of it for ourselves. For the true researcher, there are several phases of the inquiry, but no definite destination.

– DRIVEN BY FAITH: Events held for religious or spiritual purposes. Worship of a Higher Existing Force.

COURSE OF ACTION: The means by which we operate. It may involve consecutive stages.

MATERIAL PROPERTY: The ’relatively’ permanent elements can be material objects in our surroundings and the built environment, while the ‘relatively’ temporary component is the human body and the natural environment. Objects and places become meaningful when the ‘relatively’ permanent is connected, and bound with the ‘relatively’ temporary parts. Therefore, (the immaterial) meaning (memory, tradition, value. etc.) is attached to them.

IMMATERIAL PROPERTY: Things that are incapable of being perceived by touch; imprecise or unclear to the mind. Immaterial is not equal to impermanent, however, it is not clear how long we can hold onto something that is so difficult to grasp.

Although the intangible aspects are more impermanent due to their transforming and transient nature. Thoughts come and go and change forms without documentation, so our behaviour, habits and acts. Sometimes they remain without notice and there are ways never questioned or examined.

INTERDEPENDENT RELATIONSHIP: It aims to express the mutual dependence between the different dimensions of the same world.

SUBJECT TO CONTINUOUS/CONSTANT CHANGE: All that exists is inherently impermanent. For a human, it is impossible to repeat exactly the same.

OCCUR FREQUENTLY: Response to the constant and continuously recurring needs of the individual and of the community. The frequency can be irregular.

REPETITION: An essential activity to refine any practice.

ACROSS THE SPECTRUM OF EVERYDAY LIFE: Taking place in both private and public realms throughout 24 hrs.

RATHER PERMANENT: The thing which is considered to be more consistent.

RATHER TEMPORARY: The thing which is regarded as less durable.

The decision is based on the subjective judgment of the individual and of the circumstances of each situation.

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