Cultural Transformation: Creating a Balance for the Child
Cultural transformation is happening at the speed of thought across societies in the world. With this phenomenon impacting and changing several aspects of our lives, one begins to wonder and ponder how the child, left in the middle to decide what directions to follow, can do this correctly.
Transformation of culture, or cultural change, is the dynamic process whereby the living cultures of the world are changing and adapting to external or internal forces. This process is occurring within Western culture as well as non-Western and indigenous cultures and cultures of the world.
No matter what part of the world a child lives in and grows up, there is no exemption from this almost inseparable concept. Moving from one place to another, to schools, to other public places, another addition to the change occurs. This change or transformation is enforced on the child without any question of thought or consent. She/ he must accept it!
Several theories of cultural change exist. In the view of Thomas R. Rochon there are three modes:
- Value conversion – know there is the replacement of existing cultural values with new ones.
- Value creation – this is the development of new ideas to apply to new situations.
- Value connection – the development of a conceptual link between phenomena previously thought unconnected or connected in a different way.
Following history, we may recall that “Western” or European culture went through rapid changes beginning with the arrival of Columbus, and this continued through the Industrial Revolution. These and many other changes that have occurred over time and continue to occur are creating the emotions for new thinking and for future actions. It is the practical womb for tomorrow’s decisions, relationships and choices. However, these leave us with the questions of WHO can help bridge the gap for the child? How can this be achieved?
There could always be a way out of any situation we find ourselves in, only we need to be committed to doing something! We therefore need to be doing the following for the child:
- Create a generous opportunity for communication
- Lead by example
- Create an atmosphere that embraces the needed change for the child
- Be clear on the change we want to see in them
- Seek feedback by continuous follow-up. not a one-time approach
- Choose the tool of patience and persistence
Cultural transformation is undeniably framing the future for the child. Their next decisions, actions and convictions are building up from the views of today. So today, lets continually endeavor to shape a great future for the child.