January 28, 2008
At the beginning we must have an imagination about what is culture. From Latin this word means: cultivation, education, formation, homage, and upbringing. This spread range of meanings, shows us that culture is the one of the most important factors for developing strong and wise social consciousness. Spiritual and material values are integral part of culture. “For where your treasure [value] is, there your heart will be also” – is written in Bible (Mt. 6:21). Human’s motivation often is egoistic profit and gaining of it takes all life. Likewise it is destructive motive that developed by greed. Really creative motive is ministry to people around and work for common peace. Therefore such values must be he part of excellent society. So, every nation disappears or becomes stronger supported with loss or consolidation of definite types of culture and values connected with them.
On the pattern of the essay “Why They Excel” by Fox Butterfield we have admitted this point of view on the example of American and Asian cultures, and their influence on students success. Part of Asian children after they’ve come to America and began studying at the University also began to excel among American students. And author analyzes this phenomena with other scientists. They have proved, that IQ level, of American and Asian children, doesn’t differ. But they have noticed other, not less important, thing about upbringing children by their parents.
The part of Asians culture and believe system of Confucianism is the “hard work”, especially for children to succeed. American parents thing that child must have a talent to succeed, and it is also a part of culture, Christian culture, but nothing about Christ teaching: “Knock and the door will be opened for you” (Mt. 7:7). As well, the author forms 3 significant factors for Asian students success: (1)hard work, (2)parents spend more time with children helping them, and (3)cultural & religious base.
Likewise what was noticed, the situation in Ukraine arises very nonordinary. In times of Soviet Union values and especially culture were extremely changed from those what were on the lands of ancient Christian Kiev Russ and Ukraine. Reasoning from knowledge that the state of Kiev Russ was the greatest and the most developed state in Europe, but without strong cultural relationships in all levels of society such progress could not be possible. What is more interesting and ruefully, in modern times the Ukrainian labour culture almost doesn’t exist, and values are false. Money – is highest value for big part of our, and not only, society.
The analyze that we have made, give us a clear vision about place of culture in the process of developing young or mutilated society. Lack of developed culture leads to chaos. Even in that modern Ukrainian chaos in social life I see that spiritual values begin to arise. Also culture we can place among spiritual instruments, and if spiritual values are arises than true, creative culture will arise, and as it were with our ancestors, who were people with tremendous and deep spiritual life and understanding, so I believe that it will be great and fortified basement for Ukrainian and world’s future.
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