You are shaped by the stories that you hear and the storytellers that share them.
This week, I had the privilege or speaking a the Joshua Wilderness Institute at Hume Lake. It was such a great time. I got to record a podcast with Rich – the Academic Dean at JWI. You can check that out here.
We got to talk about culture and identity. We all have a cultural narrative that is running behind the scenes that governs our values and beliefs. We have been programmed to think and like certain things. We have been programmed to like certain smells and food. It helps when we are aware of some of the things that have shaped our perspectives – especially when you go to a culture that’s different than yours.
Cultural programming is just another way of looking at identity formation. The culture that you grew up in has shaped you. The cultural programming that you have experienced is tied closely to your sense of identity and self.
When you think of your cultural programming – what comes to mind first?