We are all human simply, though that doesn’t make us simple, on the contrary.....
Why when application forms ask what questions regarding our ethnicity naturally I always answered ‘’white and British’’ I am white and from Britain, which makes my ethnicity apparently British. The fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition. Really I like to share traditions and cultures of ‘British’ culture, and of other ones. As it stands, I do know the reason we have to fill in these boxes, it’s not actually a question. Here’s the point: Today's application question made me question the question :)
It said with which do you most ''Identify'' with:
Define identify: The wikitionary describes it as
1. Associate someone or something closely with; regard as having strong links with.
2. Establish or indicate who or what (someone or something) is.
Living in England I am lucky to have met and spent time with a variety of people from different cultures, and what I find really is that there are many differences between cultural practices, however many values between cultures are similar, so how can I really identify with just one social background? Especially one I keep some general Christian traditions, which are actually mostly pagan traditions manifested as religious ones that I only really take part in to be free to spend time with more of the family (who are mostly athiests) than we are able to on a regular basis.
I’d like to associate with the some parts of all cultures. I have, haven’t most British people? Are our identifiable values more British just because we were born here? The (SHIRBIRT) culture (acronym), what are true British values and tradititons – really? Some are just ridiculous, I can’t fully belong to them. Everything depends societies structure/ environment. Values, which are a major component of what we identify with, are chosen by individuals. I was unsurprisingly surprised to discover Google’s first result was. http://www. gogivers.org/teachers/british-values-training/# It’s about British values that are to be taught in schools, (the place where everyone by law, is forced to learn about the world during childhood).
The 4 British values the government are attempting to teach to everyone today are:
1: Democracy. (control of an organization or group by the majority of its members)
2. The rule of law. (The rule of law is the legal principle that law should govern a nation, as opposed to being governed by arbitrary decisions of individual government officials.)
3. Individual liberty. (individual liberty. the liberty of an individual to exercise freely those rights generally accepted as being outside of governmental control)
4. Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
How can 1 and 2 be true unless the majority where the ‘rulers of law?’ are they? 3- individual liberty is not the same as liberty which is important. Liberty- the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one's behaviour or political views, is there a single place on earth that really allows for that level of freedom? Well yes, and in the same breath no, of course there is opportunity for a select few to live in such a way, it all depends on how one chooses to live, not on a persons ethnic identity, but their true and liberated one.
Acording to the internet: One of the most recognizable parts of Eritrean culture is the coffee ceremony. Coffee (Ge'ez ቡን būn) is offered when visiting friends, during festivities, or as a daily staple of life. During the coffee ceremony, there are traditions that are upheld. I have been to a coffee ceremony in England once a year for the last 4 years and I actually love it <3... deffo part of my ethnicity now, and some of the music is too. But really the cofee being offered when visiting or as a daily staple I have had much longer. Thats just one of many examples, but all in all I never took the time to ask people- what are the traditions of your ethnicity?
There is so much to learn about each other. So many unique places, and people :D. What I really would be interested to know are the most important social values that your country has taught you (or tries to teach everyone should I say)? And which are your own? Do people really know if they identify with the values of their own culture ‘’most’’ if they don’t experience values in other cultures then it doesn’t really answer which they identify most with?
In all reality the only thing I really identify with is being human. So guess then today I decided to tick the box that says I prefer not to say ;)