Our culture, subculture and personal ethics play a huge role in determining who we become and how we see our place in the world. We are born with a blank slate. As we grow up, we internalize messages and form conclusions about ourselves and our world based on what we observe, learn and experience. The information we gather defines who we are and what we believe both internally and externally. As we adapt to our environment, we form a cultural identity. This identity is difficult to change unless we are taught to see things how “others” see them.
Yet, in our diverse world, we need to be able to do this to get along well with others and to thrive ourselves. This section describes different cultures for the purpose of helping readers communicate with people from other cultures more effectively and compassionately.
The beliefs, values, behavior and material objects that constitute a people’s way of life; the sum of learned beliefs, values, and customs that regulate the behavior of members of a particular society.
- subculture A group of people who share a set of secondary values, such as hipsters.
- ethics The set of moral principles or values that guide behavior.
Source of Definitions: Boundless. “Cultural Values.” Boundless Marketing. Boundless, 26 May. 2016. Retrieved 08 Sep. 2016