Liu Feng Shui Grand View is a philosophy defining 130 factors that affect who you are. This is the eleventh article in a series presenting all 130 factors. Please refer to the first article for a complete introduction to this series. Today we will discuss Culture.

Tribal Women in AfricaEvery culture has their customs, traditions, and philosophies. Depending on the history and the sophistication of a culture, people will deal with and perceive the world differently. As an example, the American culture solves problems based on 200 years of experience, whereas the Eastern culture solves problems based on over 5,000 years of experience.

Oftentimes, people are stereotyped based on the culture they appear to belong to whether or not they really had that specific cultural upbringing or influence. These assumptions can determine how people are treated.

Being born into a culture that deals with hierarchy, power, or relationships in a certain way impacts how a person makes decisions, which affects their life. For instance, in some Middle Eastern countries, a woman’s physical body must be completely shrouded and they live as a subordinate to their male superiors. In Asian countries, it is generally accepted that elderly parents live with and are cared for by their children. In certain parts of Europe, sex is not repressed and prostitution is legal. There are Latin countries where death is not feared, but celebrated as part of life.

Your culture can be so deeply rooted in you that you may not be able to separate from it or even realize how much it affects your choices in life. Examining your cultural roots can lead to new beliefs and perceptions that add clarity to your life.