Our Culture is Decaying

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Vij said:   7 years ago
If we want to talk about the culture we must talk about the people. People these days have become more self centred, vain, unsympathetic to others and extremely selfish. The younger generation is only concerned about getting more likes on their next selfie or getting more followers on Facebook. It has become a constant need to project a positive image of oneself on social media. Everyone these days seem to imagine themselves as some kind of a mini celebrity, taking images of mundane things like what they are doing, what they are eating, where they are going, how they feel and posting it on social media. I mean really nobody cares because everyone is busy publishing their own daily lives. These days you visit any major landmark or tourist place you will see hordes of people taking selfies in front of places of interest and uploading these photos on social media. Their only concern seems to be to show other people that they were there and had fun. Meanwhile nobody seems to really care about or enjoy the natural beauty or historical and cultural significance of the place. These days everyone wants to be rich and famous and there is a general feeling that if other people are not talking about you somewhere someplace than you are just not doing it right. You talk with any person and the only thing they want to talk about is themselves, about how good they are, always trying to establish the fact that they are somewhat above you. While walking the streets you see people dressed up in the latest fashion apparel wearing a stern expression on their faces, all the while constantly trying to get other people to look at them, admire them and give them attention. This extreme self obsession, shameless self promotion and selfishness has made people extremely unsympathetic and insensitive to others. Everybody seems to think that they are somewhat better than others in terms of looks, character and personality and that they are exceptional. This inflated perception of oneself has created a situation where nobody really likes anyone anymore because everybody thinks they are better than the rest. This has devastated relationships as people are finding it really hard to maintain friendships, family relationships or even marriages. The human bonding that is the hallmark of a vibrant culture and a healthy society is steadily evaporating. And since people don't really like each other and don't want to come together and work in groups they have less civic engagement and lower political participation than any previous group. There are no healthy public discussions only arguments and labelling. Hence we find the public to be silent about the various issues that are affecting our country, our society, and our family.
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Shashank 7775 said:   4 years ago
Actually all cultures are decaying, west is associated with capitalism so we often mistake capitalist culture with westernization & cultural decay. Few examples to make things clear:

🎈Exposing dresses (for promoting gym, fitness, tattoo, waxing, dermapolish, beauty & cosmetic products, etc businesses).

🎈Privacy & freedom (for promoting porn, drugs, party culture, bars, unethical sex, family divide causing the need for a myriad of separate products like personal tv, bedroom, vehicle, etc & medical & counseling business for countering side effects). Also to be noted unrestricted & indifferent freedom cause violence so opens up scope for security, judiciary business & populism.

🎈Even democracy is just a fancy name of mobocracy & results in wastage of time and resources for elections. It also forces politics to focus more on short term goals rather than real deeper issues. Democracy values more on quantity than quality.

🎈Feminism & women empowerment is a conspiracy to steal women from men with lesser physical resources and reserving them for elite men. Also, the mental distortion of female minds through constant exposure to an image of the hypothetical ideal male makes them more inclined towards a few elite men that can afford to look & live like a hypothetical alpha male.

🎈Both parents working & busy in work give the opportunity to tech cos to distort & program children in a way favorable for capitalism.

🎈Consumerism, opulence, excessive choices, ostentation, celebrity culture, money worship, personality advertising. All are simply intended to increase businesses & money movement.

🎈Education (focused on raising aspirations & expectations, developing taste for brands, brainwashing with techno-optimism so that careless consumption cycle can go on in false belief of existence of solutions & remedies, brainwashing & creating slaves for fueling capitalist culture who find pride in serving & promoting greed in exchange of money which they can use for proving superiority & trigger chain reaction of chasing uncertain goals in society).
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BHARAT RAJ said:   1 year ago
You know what our culture and tradition should decay fast. !, you know why because you guys should understand that we are living in Kali Yug, and the faster we lose our culture and traditions the more we follow Western culture, cause there is no other culture in this world that tells dharma and how to live life and at last spirituality (because this the ultimate and final stage every human being goes), people are becoming more foolish and thinking more scientifically, and question whether god is there or not (the question is a good thing), but the conclusion is not the way. It's so stupid that our ancestors experienced gods and stuff and yet question whether Ramayana and Mahabharata even existed (people are talking about this for thousands of years) and yet here we are just saying it never happened, it's the nation's history. To be honest, people should be lost hope in God and just believe that he's not real so that people can do more Adharma and anyway, perform adultery, wear revealing clothes, murder, rape, hurt someone with unsensible world's and speeches, more desires/pleasures, greediness, selfishness, lust, premarital sex, divorce remarriage again divorce remarriage, getting more blind and not thinking why casts are created, no respect to elders, no dignity and discipline (eg: hairstyles, way of clothing, way of talking to others), defying laws of nature, giving more importance to showoffs and fashions and digital slaves (the most useless things in the world), I'm 19yrs old and it hurts me to see India in position there the basic problems. But losing faith in dharma and God leads to more destruction and this Yuga ends fast so that a lot of people won't suffer but don't you people forget one thing everything you do and every choice you take has a bigger consequence to and people around you don't forget that. We need to take few things from the western for eg: cleanliness, strict rules, heavy fines and penalty and punishments nothing else. And one more do not ever make your parents feel sad or bad cause your going to suffer in future and will face painful consequences Jai Bharat.
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LRW said:   8 years ago
Hi,

I would like to offer a western perspective here. I am an American of European ancestry and so thoroughly western. Reading your remarks, it is clear that most of you have an extremely distorted view of western culture, especially of American culture. I would suppose you get these ideas from watching American television shows, which have about as much to do with our culture as watching a cartoon of Mickey mouse and supposing it is real. So let me tell you what are some of those things which are and are not important to us.

First, we believe in meritocracy. You're standing in society is based on your merits, at least in theory. Because we fought the British for independence, who were very class conscious, we believe that every American should have equal opportunities. So a person born in complete poverty has a chance of becoming whatever they want. We do not favor men over women, or show preference based on religious beliefs or race.

Some of you think Indian culture is decaying because of your changes in clothing. For a westerner, clothing is an unimportant, trivial part of culture. For us, styles change with the times. You can see this if you look at any book on fashion in America over the years. My own style of clothing has changed significantly since the 1960's. Did that have an adverse affect on my culture -- absolutely not. I'm not saying that it isn't important for India though.

Indians see American culture as shallow and materialistic but you think this because you view America through the eyes of the media or through the actions of American politicians, most of whom are despised. You know neither American culture nor Western culture, just a parody of it.

So I hope India does not lose what makes it a great country. The clothing styles will go, just like they always do. That is not important. The soul of India is the spiritual dimension. That is what the West IS losing, more so in Europe than America. India will become a great nation if it can merge that with the best the West offers.
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Nisha poonia said:   8 years ago
Hello friends, I am NISHA.

I agree that the effect of western culture is harmful for us as it has changed our attitude towards our own country. Now a days we, especially youth is giving more importance to the foreign culture as they thought it is better than our culture. They thought all the Mantar in our holly books are very boring and old but reality is that these Mantar like guru Brahhma etc give power to our soul.

Today's world students don't give respect to the teachers, this all is the effect of westernization. Our culture teach us to obey elders and give them at most respect what they prefer. I agree that changes with is time is the law of nation but we should change in a good manner not that now a days criminal activities are increasing and it is also a change so we all soul also start doing that. Modernization is good but we getting completely devoted to foreign cultures.

Today's youth is forgetting the values of our own culture. With westernization we not only have changed our attitude but also our thinking, our dressing style and our food what we should eat. Earlier all the Kings who followed the Indian culture like Ashoka the great were very powerful.

So at last I just want to emphasize on that our culture is the best and it can adopt good changes time to time in it. We should not forget our cultural heritage and proud to be an Indian and being a part of Indian culture. Please don't let our culture decay and became a slave of any foreign culture.

Thank you and wish you all a very energetic day. Succeed in life. Let your smile change the world. But don't let the world change your smile.
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Mirrazasha said:   8 years ago
Dear readers,

People are often misguided in many ways. I like not to speak about culture but universal moral values that should be adopted by everyone. These moral values are highlighted key aspects of any religion. From these religion stems culture that ensures that right pathway in which a person guided to maintain a happy life and ensures that it does not conflict with other's happiness. These generation's kids adopt Western influence because they it gives them freedom and grants them other happiness which is in conflict with the moral values. Drug abuse, smuggling, uncontrolled lust, greed, gluttony, swindling, murder, betrayal and there is plenty more to say here that goes on in this generation. The world has ultimately become corrupt and nasty. This is not because of westernization nor globalization. Believe me this nothing with them but with ourselves. It depends on upon us, individual. We must to an understanding that we are responsible for our actions and we are accounted for its consequences. The moral values guide us to if not ideal but at least a normal life deprived most of the sins we commit. I urge all brothers and sisters to think about the logical and ethical way of living. We can finally come to Peace if we just follow what's good. Believe me, people are idiotic, they need to guide properly or else its chaos. That's the problem. Both the government and people themselves these days don't know what Right.
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Jimmy said:   7 years ago
I feel its a question of changing behavior of the average person in our society. These days people have become more selfish and there is a tremendous lack of empathy for other people, for the society. Back in old days people fought to protect their family, country and god. These days its just total and absolute addiction to entertainment and fun seeking activities and temporary gratification of senses. I have nothing against all of this, but for entertainment and fun to become the sole focus of living, that's what is disturbing. Another worrying trend is that these days people in general just can't seem to get along with each other. It seems that stress and tension and quarreling over insignificant issues has become a constant factor in the daily life of the average person. As a direct result of this people are now more distant and divided from each other and more self-centered. People prefer online communication more via internet/mobile than real face to face communication. The human bonding that is the adhesive of a strong and healthy society is fast evaporating. I feel people should wake up to the fact they are being distracted by endless entertainment and divided by petty quarrels. All of this may sound negative bit I feel this is what is actually happening and this is certainly not our way of living and definitely not our culture.
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Anu said:   7 years ago
Yes, Our culture is DECAYING. I still remember the days when we were first introduced to Television. A popular serial "Hum Log" used to be aired. I was still a kid in class 4th or 5th. I remember most characters wore traditional clothes except for "Nanhe" a young boy. We idolised him started wearing jeans instead of kurta pyjama. Congratulations, Culture erosion had just begun. We took pride in learning English, started ignoring Sanskrit, as it was our optional language till 9th. We chose to educate our kids in convent schools and Kendriya Vidyalaya remained with government employees. There's nothing bad in updating oneself technically but aping the west is one should strongly despise. We should remember that our roots teach brotherhood and love not greed and lust. All that west has taught us is to compete against each other and stoop low to reach the bottomless pit of deceit and betrayals. We could revive our culture by doing small things like saying name with hands folded in prayer and touch feet of elders and gurus. We use Hindi as much as possible. Visit temples as frequently as possible. Teach our kids to bow low in respect and not reach so high is life so that when time comes we are not bound to stay at elderly homes and our last rites conducted by people we don't even know.
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Uttam said:   7 years ago
I don't think culture decays, it actually improvises and I think our culture is in no way better than others except for the zero. Oh! come on guys many people in this world gave science their contributions but that doesn't judge their culture. Here culture actually refers to traditions and customs followed by us. In America the divorce rate is 40% and in India it is 1% but, it dosen't mean that married people in India are happy, they (mostly women) adjust for their children and also they are afraid of society. We have dowry system, even now in many rural places child marriages are happening. Coming to our ancient India, we forget that there is even sati. Even after independence 40 cases were discovered on sati, god knows how many were not known to the jurisdiction. Arranged marriages where mama and papa see the girl and approve her as if she is a broom stick checked if its in correct condition before using it. Then the boy marries her mostly without even knowing her likes and dislikes, opinions. So, finally I just want to repeat what Dalai Lama said. Open your arms free, get ready to change with the world but do not Let go your values. Most of us believe that today our culture is decaying but who set the culture, we the human beings right.
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Chinmaya said:   6 years ago
I don't think culture decays, it actually improvises and I think our culture is in no way better than others except for the zero. Oh! come on guys many people in this world gave science their contributions but that doesn't judge their culture. Here culture actually refers to traditions and customs followed by us. In America, the divorce rate is 40% and in India, it is 1% but, it doesn't mean that married people in India are happy, they (mostly women) adjust for their children and also they are afraid of society. We have dowry system, even now in many rural places child marriages are happening. Coming to our ancient India, we forget that there is even Sati. Even after independence 40 cases were discovered on Sati, god knows how many were not known to the jurisdiction. Arranged marriages where mama and papa see the girl and approve her as if she is a broomstick checked if its incorrect condition before using it. Then the boy marries her mostly without even knowing her likes and dislikes, opinions. So, finally I just want to repeat what Dalai Lama said. Open your arms free, get ready to change with the world but do not Let go your values. Most of us believe that today our culture is decaying but who set the culture, we the human beings right?
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