Culture, History, and Community.

One of the things that I enjoy the most is studying culture. It evokes within me a sense of determination to research and study in-depth what actually shaped our civilization. We started off as huge-bodied apes who could not even stand erect, evolving over to the sophisticated lives that we live today.

We are armed with technology, language, and all the advancements that are fellow animals were not blessed with. While they are blessed with creativity, empathy, and most emotions like us, the only thing they exist for is survival. There is no innate need for creative fulfillment or the need to explore apart from where the survival instincts take them.

On this intense journey of evolution, we have developed languages, dialects stemming from them, cuisines, disciplines, etiquettes, and even the way we dress or behave. All this originated from the geographies we belonged to, the need for intellectual fulfillment, and the need to break away from barely surviving to live.

It is beautiful to peel apart layer by layer the origin of words in a language. When you hear something in French, you immediately start making references to English and subsequently Latin. The landscapes which have been destroyed by technological advancements still breathe in the paintings of many an unknown painter. The history of cuisines originates from the basic need to survive and maneuvers slowly into fine dining. It is beautiful to discover the history behind the spice in the curry or the tiny dash of lemon for flavor in food.

Tiny inscriptions carved across cold stone walls hold within them the magic of their master carve, a lineage of art, and thousands of origin stories within them. Lost in the pages of history the lives of our ancestors thrived and continued the legacy that we have today.

The cultures our ancestors developed formed our way of life. The food that we eat, the language that we speak, the way we dress, the way we celebrate or mourn, the way we wed, or the way we bury the dead- it all originated in the little packets of a time long gone. All we can do is marvel over it.
All I need now is to pick up a cup of coffee, travel to the nearest library, pick up a history book, and immerse myself!

Author: Digital Onca

Digital Onca is a blog that documents the concepts of Digital Marketing and Public Relations. Digital Onca is the effort to stay with the times, understand more deeply, more closely the working of a digital space that is steadfastly emerging around us.

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