With the existence of so many cultures, each one presenting and understanding life in a different way, it inevitably leads to the question which one is true? Which one is closer to real life?
As most countries have a solid social structure based on values derived from globalisation (restaurant chains, brands etc.), it becomes difficult to distinguish what real life, in its natural form, is, as most identities are built upon these global structures. As these social structures then change from place to place, the identities of the people also change. This leads to the question of which is true? If people’s identities are the result of man-made social structures, how real can them identities be? Are people in each country the result of their “culture”, and are these cultures at the core based on the same industrial, globalised values?
I don’t want to talk about culture in the sense of food or languages, but on a deeper level of how people behave and why. Outside of busy cities is where the authentic stories can be found. Inside of the tall buildings, there is a common theme that links behaviour across continents. The globalised society which appears again and again, across countries, across continents, with the same people, the same views, the same entertainment. Although I appreciate that this is necessary for the functioning of the economy and society, it does raise yet another question: is this life? Is going to the same restaurant, with identical tasting food, with people with the same goals, in completely different countries actually real? Of course it is real in the sense that it happens, but is it real in the sense of being true?
There are of course a lot of places that have not yet been touched by modern times, and it is in these places that I find the most to observe. Not that this is better or worse than the big cities and developed countries, but simply different. That difference contains the potential for further learning on what this world is. Are these people closer to the core of life than us in the west, with our “modern” lives? Does a simpler approach to life make us more connected?
After all, we base our lives on man made inventions: workplace, money, education system, food, news, television, social structures etc. None of these are real, as in none of these belong to the natural state of the earth, so how can we think that we are being human, in our natural form, if our lives are based on an invention of man?
As I attempt to unravel the complexity and mystery of our social environment, as well as life itself, I come to the inevitable conclusion that each place contains a piece of truth and a piece of deception. Like two different glasses were broken and shattered across the earth, one breaking into clear pure pieces of truth and the other shattering into tainted pieces of deception. Our aim should be to distinguish between the two and search for the light, the understanding of what life really is, and try to put together the pieces we pick up from different places. Each place visited or each person we meet can have the capacity to carry one of the pieces, therefore we should not judge beforehand who and where to interact with.