I was recently asked, “What defines culture?”
And, I recently ran across a few short films that explore the definition of “home.”
With this, I came to the realization that what defines culture and home is the individual himself:
He chooses to be inspired (or not) by things.
He decides how to treat his surroundings.
Individual culture is just one stroke of cornflower blue acrylic, a single, thin ridge in clay, a lonely fraying piece of twine, a loose-hanging bit of yellow-green thread.
Each of them unique in color, stroke and weight.
This is individual culture.
But, each individual holds a different physical, emotional and spiritual relationship with his surroundings.
From individual culture comes individual beauty, but even greater beauty lies in bringing them together…in bringing the dense green speckles over the striated brown strokes to create a tree of life. In adorning a simple band of silver with a humbly glimmering crystal to create a symbol of love.
When one steps back and looks at what the combination of individual cultures creates, it is easy to see and appreciate how each independent color, stroke and weight complements one another and contributes to creating an incredible piece of art.
This is culture.
Films on home: http://thismustbetheplace.tv/index.html