Whenever I go to a new place, I love learning about their culture.
Their food, clothing, mannerisms and way of life.
I love learning about their history, their families and the way they think.
But when does culture become a limitation to growth ?
When does your history stop you from leaving the past behind and growing into the future.
Why do you continue to cling to the ways of your fore fathers and stop looking for answers in the future.
I recently went to such a place, which seemed caught up in the past.
Lost in the ways of their ancestors they cling to archaic belief, which is preventing their much needed growth.
Basic amenities are ignored by the hatred of westernization, while they still dwell on oracles and superstitions.
It might seem that these people are shielded from the harmful effects of modern life and protected from the corruption of civilization.
But when you don’t have access to modern preventive medication like immunizations and antibiotics,
Is that really worth the risk of not being corrupted by modern life ?
In all situations I am pro-life, I believe in life above all else,
So while I might admire protecting your culture, I think some parts of modern life is worth the risk of the extinction of your past.
Photo by pakorn. Published on 08 May 2013
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