Monday, August 11, 2008

Personal Limitations: Cultural Impact

Too much of anything—good or bad—can be harmful.

This is why it’s important to understand where you live when setting personal guidelines. The culture of your location will constantly bombard you and attempt to influence you thinking. So why read books and watch movies that contribute to that? For while you often don’t get to choose location, you can decide what you’ll read and watch.

What does that look like? It depends—hence why this is a “personal limitation.” But every place will have predominating cultural characteristics, which you do not want to add to, but counterbalance with fiction.

Some of the things you might encounter are:
  • Cults
  • Environmentalism
  • Witchcraft
  • Sexuality/homosexuality
  • Celebrity worship
  • Materialism
  • Hyper-religiosity

  • How might you counterbalance some of these?
    --For cults, solidly Christian novels or even obviously secular stories might be best, avoiding religious gray areas.
    --For witchcraft, you’ll want to avoid white magic or dubious uses of the supernatural, focusing instead on obvious displays of God’s power.
    --For Christian hyper-religiosity, maybe expand to include secular books and movies to prevent in-growth and unawareness of the non-Christian.

    This is only a small sampling, of course, but it gives you a taste. So what kind of influences exist where you live, and how might you counterbalance it?

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