The greatness of difference
The question of difference is one that seems to pose few problems when we are charged with considering how we regard people from life experiences other than our own, one can readily find an array of differences in food, dress, and other outward behaviours that are seen as both separate and distinct to one’s own, the defining factors that distinguish difference.
When we consider the sociological definition of culture we encounter a wealth of different definitions, including: “That complex whole which includes knowledge, belief, art, morals, law, custom and any other capabilities and habits acquired by man as a member of society. Edward B. Taylor.
In truth, the other sociological definitions are not greatly at odds with what Taylor has suggested.
But here’s the thing, it is easy to identify what one feels or believes someone else’s life balance is and why it differs so greatly from one’s own. But when one assigns oneself the task of really considering what our own life balance is, beyond the societal rhetoric and the blanket acceptance of the often-autonomous pursuits within which one engages on a day-to-day basis. The question of life balance becomes an all together bigger question, it encompasses values, aspirations, the philosophical, spiritual and or religious dimensions of ones personality; the invisible portions of oneself, the bits that for many often go unmentioned, the bits that many hide or shy away from through fear or ignorance of their relevance due to a more materialistic relationship people enjoy with the hedonistic live-for-the-moment ideology that many societies have adopted today.
To know your life balance criteria is to have an awareness of self and to share your knowledge with others to afford them a window into your life, a window that provides an unparalleled opportunity for open discussion where questions can be asked, opinions shared and lessons learned.
Life balance should by no means be restricted to the obvious; it includes and takes account of everything you are and all you aspire to be. Sharing our respective life experiences is a gift to ourselves and everyone who would engage in the practice of breaking down social barriers that negate friendship and community.