The Importance of Cultural Identity
Claire Miles - August 24, 2022

15 Wholesome Facts

1. Sea otters hold hands when they sleep so they don't drift apart.

2. The voices of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life.

3. Mr. Rogers' sweaters were all knitted by his mom.

4. Libraries outnumber McDonald's in the United States by a ratio of 8:1.

5. There are more trees on Earth than there are stars in the Milky Way galaxy.

6. Babies don't smile because they're happy, they smile because they like the happy reaction from their parents.

7. Oftentimes an octopus heart will skip a beat when they see their potential mate.

8. The Beatles used the word "love" 613 times in their songs.

9. Squirrels plant thousands of new trees each year by forgetting where they put their acorns.

10. A group of bunnies is called a "fluffle".

11. Smiling actually lowers stress, whether you're faking it or not.

12. Cuddling with someone you love is scientifically proven to increase happiness.

13. We are all made of stardust.

14. Happiness levels are about 50% genetic, 10% circumstance, and about 40% choice.

15. For the ancient Greeks, happiness was a civic virtue that required a lifetime of cultivation.

Culture is a very important part of people’s identities. People are born and raised in a culture, the culture of their family and ancestors. The term culture refers to the values, beliefs, traditions, and stories that are shared amongst a group. The word identity is an array of features, attributes, and characteristics within a person. One’s identity is built by their cultural background, ethnicity, language, gender, and social structure. Although most people do not think of culture and identity as similar, the two of them have a complex relationship.

Each culture has its own set of values with different backgrounds and
experiences. A symbol represents a nation, a country, and the meaning of these
symbols must be passed down to that country’s upcoming generations, to teach
them the morals of that culture. There are many different symbols, such as clothing
style, food, cuisine, etc. but I think that the most important symbol is language.
Language is crucial for communication and gives recognition to that culture.
Although we only speak the languages within our own cultures, we should try and
learn other languages too to help have a better understanding of other cultures.

Cultural identity is the concept of belonging to a certain group or society. Its where
we define our place in our social circle, and it contributes to our identity as a
person. Our own cultural identities influence how we feel towards others; we may
feel safer and more comfortable around someone within the same culture as us as
we share some of the same values and have more in common, rather than
someone we are completely different too.

Therefore, our identity is not only the way we see ourselves but also how others
see us, with cultural background being a part of that. This concept is highly
important, as it determines how much respect, judgment, and prejudice we may
face, either as a minority or majority.