Thursday, September 10, 2009

What is Culture?

Culture is software. Belief systems are operating systems. Cultural conditioning controls perspective. Local operating systems are sent to prescribe behavior.The business of political systems is to convince you that these operating systems are reality. Convince you it was sent from God and is beyond critique. Dissolving cultural conditioning is the first step toward becoming a potent member of society.

Culture, like Words, are a means of obtaining understanding about the nature of reality and the potential of being.

The fact remains that words in themselves are not truth or understanding nor is culture. We pass through language into a landscape of association and symbolism, into a landscape of emotion and energy. The same is true enough for Culture, We can use culture to obtain an understanding of what it means to be human. By using Culture to create human experience; utilizing it as a tool to refine our perspective and evolve into different states of awareness.

Unfortunately, In most instances, Culture is not your friend. Culture provides a perspective so that you dont have to develop your own. It provides mythology so that you dont have to think for yourself. Desolving boundaries is the only real culture worth nurturing. Hip Hop is a Culture that has exhibited it's powerful potential to dissolve boundaries.

Do we de-solve boundaries in order to create new boundaries? I'd argue that this is apart of the process of evolution. New dogma always replaces old Dogma..the truth is light years ahead of us all and refuses to be held down by perspective. When new information is introduced into our hearts and minds that knowledge should be used to help us describe reality a little see a little clearer...for ourselves. In this golden age of instant information. New information and answers to any question imaginable is only a key stroke away. Ignorance is no longer a valid excuse for Neoteny (look it up).

Creativity Quotes

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Ald

“The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things-ancient history, nineteenth century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later, or six months, or six years. But he has faith that it will happen.” — Carl Ally

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.” — Mary Lou Cook

“Listen to anyone with an original idea, no matter how absurd it may sound at first. If you put fences around people, you get sheep. Give people the room they need.” — William McKnight, 3M President

“God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.” — Pablo Picasso

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every conceived notion, follow humbly wherever and whatever abysses nature leads, or you will learn nothing.” — Huxley, Thomas

There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” — Lewis Carroll

“An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” — Victor Hugo

Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” Einstein

What is Hip Hop?

Hip Hop's a term given to a movement. It's the beginning of a worldwide epiphany. The spiritual shadow of a heavenly culture? A perfect culture where the creative rule with spirit, courage and a style tainted purity. Because only they can describe the science of creation through their actions? Yea it's poetic and vague but isn't all culture up for interpretation? The problems come when evolution ceases. That which cease to change ceases to exist.

Hip Hop is a Culture that creates cultural perspectives.

I want to present a paradigm for the idea of what culture is by exploring the purpose and potential of culture as a whole...Hip Hop being the main focus.

First we will look at how to answer the question what is creativity and where does it come from?