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Looking at Culture in Silence

Silence is a very powerful experience. In today’s world of constant noise – silence is a rare situation. If you place yourself into a bubble of silence and think about the elements around you the discoveries are almost endless. We begin to see our culture for what it is rather than through the lens of what we perceive it to be. We might not like what the culture is presenting but that is the first step toward taking action to make it better.

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Shifting Culture from Industrial to Relational

World events cause shifts in cultures.  The pandemic will have lasting cultural shifts which some will not be obvious for months or years to come. Some we will judge as being good and some will be labeled as bad. One shift which has been evolving more gradually is that of transitioning from a more industrial mindset to a more relational experience.  It may seem odd to speak of relational during a time of significantly reduced interaction. The reality is that humans not just need relationships they desire them. Therefore once the immediate fear has been appropriately dealt with we will return to the relational culture and appreciate it far more than the gradual evolution which was occurring to the advancement of a more meaningful relational culture.

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Respecting Cultural Differences

Over the past months our world became smaller. Everyone was impacted in one way or another from the pandemic.  Daily media told of stories from around the world relating to the virus.  This provided all of us to see each other on a common platform.  We are not that different. We are all people that need to celebrate our cultures and respect those differences.

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Cultural Renewal

Our planet has been given a unique opportunity of Cultural Renewal. The Pandemic proves tough lessons are learned the hard way but opportunity can spring from that pain.  The air, our water and environment all show signs of recovery from misuse.  So too can our relationship between each other be rejuvenated to a new higher level of mutual respect.  Let’s not miss this special opportunity to renew humankind.

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Fiction and Facts and Truth.

Our culture is over run with statements. Our media and digital platforms enable our society to put out there what ever they want – facts, fiction, truth, lies without any self-governance.  Some statements contribute in positive ways while others tear apart the very fabric of our society. As you engage your freedom of speech digitally give some consideration to those whom you do not know who may read your statements and ask yourself – will they be hurt by my words?

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A Culture of “Trying” to be relevant

As they say, history repeats itself because we don’t learn from history.  Being ignorant of our past only causes our past to repeat – only each time it takes on a new spin for everyone to think it is something new.   The big different at this time in history is the nature of media and the instantaneousness of it.  It took weeks and months for news to travel around the world in the past.  Today it is real time.  Back then people had time to think and process and actually decern decisions.  Today the expectation is instant gratification and instant fix.  Decisions and second guessing those decisions are all taken instantaneously because if people had to stop and actually ponder their response they might just not have anything to say and thus they would feel less relevant.  Today, people open their mouths to feel relevant even when what comes out of it is complete irrelevant.

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Virtual Culture

For weeks we have been sequestered to our homes which for many are now our places of work.  Not by design but by necessity. In a community effort to restrict the advancement of the pandemic, we have all shared in a unique cultural experience of working virtually with each other.  Some for work, some for education and yet others for pure social interaction. This new world of virtual interaction placed on hold the energy once present in face to face conversations.  Yes it is good to be able to see others but let us not forget that we are human and a species ordained to interact at a far deeper level than virtually. May our opportunity to re-engage in social energy be awakened in all of us once we are through this challenging time.

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The New Mask of Culture

The past weeks have seen the many faces of culture spread across the TV screens as the pandemic engulfed the world. As we look beyond the face and pier into the eyes of these faces we start to uncover the real person.  The one behind the color of skin, the gender, the ethnicity, in other words – the true spiritual person who is actually the genuine creation made to contribute to a better earthly experience.

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A time of Culture Change of Direction

Our current state of pandemic is causing some changes in our culture that hopefully will remain long after the virus has been stricken down.  Things like: the caring for others, the authentic respect for life, the reaching out to family, friends, loved ones and people who we have lost touch with and checking in on them. Just maybe this pandemic is by design a wake up call to declutter the noise of our present culture. Causing each of us to refocus on what is really important in our daily lives. Bringing organization and meaning of our core values to the forefront so we use them as our compass moving forward.

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Don’t be fooled by the appearance of good culture

There is lots of discussion about what is the right or best culture in a business or organization. What is the ideal environment to attract and retain the best people for the company? Lots of organizations put on a pretty good outward appearance. As the saying goes, you can put a dress on a pig but at the end of the day it is still a pig.  Look closely at the cultures and environments you choose to participate in for sometimes the energy of the place is a false as the pig in a dress.

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