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What Creates A Cultural Cycle?

We are not born blank slates. Before money or land, we inherit our parents’ blood. Within it are our raw talents, our potential. Then, they pass our languages onto us,…

We are not born blank slates.

Before money or land, we inherit our parents’ blood. Within it are our raw talents, our potential.

Then, they pass our languages onto us, as well as foundational wisdom.

But they also pass the traumas of our ancestors through opinions and genes.

These create many of our natural reactions and influence our pattern-recognition.

This bias is why the world reflects what is within us. Few rise to conquer their own shadows.

The structures of our brains provide us with preset assumptions and emotions. Our parents instill our foundational logic.

Our experimental play as children confirms or denies these presumptions. Then, our experiences challenge them as we grow.

As this occurs, the results form a filter through we which interpret reality.

These interpretations develop our expectations. Then, our expectations determine our actions and reactions.

The consequences of which forge our destinies.

When our fates play out according to said expectations, we call this the “truth” of our lives.

We gather what we have confirmed and then pass it down to our children.

Then, our children experience the same as we did. They reconfirm for themselves the “truth” that we gave to them.

And so begins the formation of a cultural cycle.

In and of itself, a cultural cycle is neither negative nor positive. But, the results that each cycle causes are.

The problem begins not with a parent’s will to pass on wisdom.

The problem begins with the fallacy in our childhood experiments. The confirmation of our beliefs before we decide whether to pass it onto our children.

The fallacy lies at the edge of the filter, through which we interpret reality. We all have limits to our perceptions.

Our experiences may confirm a hypothesis, a guess, an assumption. But our ability to experience, because of what the act of experiencing is, is always limited.

I could teach my children that their failures are due to poor planning and a lack of hard work. That, to succeed, they must embody personal responsibility. Self-reflection and good work ethic are the way, and the strain they feel is natural.

When they see this truth confirmed by my example, they assume it must be true. Their peers establish it themselves when they speak of their parents, who grew up in the same culture as I.

This confirmation strengthens their belief in the assumption. Then, when they finally test it in their own lives, they’ll reconfirm it yet again.

When this occurs, they play out their lives in alignment with their parent’s beliefs. This sets the course of their destiny.

A self-fulfilling prophecy in a cultural cycle.

On the other side of the coin, I could teach my children that their failures are due to their skin color. That the entire world is against them.

Not select individuals who so happen to be a part of the world.

I could teach them that their struggle is unnatural. That other people of different skin colors don’t experience struggle.

If they see me fail in life while blaming this unnaturalness, they’ll assume it to be true. Their peers, too, will confirm it when they speak of their parents.

This will strengthen their belief in the assumption.

And so, when they finally test it for themselves, their filter is preset. Their environment assured them that what they experience is unnatural.

As a result, they’ll play out their life this way, which sets the course of their destiny.

A self-fulfilling prophecy in a cultural cycle.

Who is correct?

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