Culture is a loose fitting word.
Culture can refer to a variety of things, but it boils down to a perspectives, beliefs, and ultimately ideas. When an idea is shared with large amounts of people, and it becomes a common thought, a culture is formed. When a new idea comes against an existing one, and is accepted among large amounts of people, a culture shifts.
Therefore, while the word culture can include a huge variety of interactions, customs, and belief systems, culture is ultimately constructed by ideas.
History is full of examples of this. The industrial revolution was a shift in culture caused by the idea that work could be more efficient if distributed. The women’s rights movement was caused by the idea that women were just as capable as men.
Sometimes the ideas that change culture aren’t even intentional. There are a multitude of factors that can cause cultures to develop, change, or disappear.
Memetics, a concept similar to the study of genetics, believes that ideas (called memes) are similar to genes. Genetics studies how individual genes are reproduced and passed on to effect the genetics of a population. One person’s gene could have an effect that ripples for centuries in their family.
Memes follow a similar trajectory. Culture is affected by the ideas of the individuals that are shared and reproduced within human relationships.
The implications of this are enormous. The ideas that you have and the ideas that you share have the potential to shape cultures and influence people for generations to come.
In other words, you are encouraged to think outside the box.