Culture is derived from
the Latin word "cultura," which literally means cultivation.
It deals with improvement of knowledge by mental or physical training.
It especially refers to people's way of life. A cultured person
is often viewed to be an enlightened individual that merits respect.
Needless to say, the way that people tend to act or behave reveals
their unique culture. This explains why people's habits vary so
much from one global area to another.
Appreciation of Arts
When we speak of the appreciation of culture
we generally refer to the appreciation of arts that may include
painting and music as well as theater and poetry. Cultural exhibitions
that take place from time to time in various global areas tend to
show what it has just been stated. Besides, the Olympics that have
taken place in Beijing in 2008 revealed a vivid demonstration of
culture. Culture may be viewed in many ways as transcendental in
the sense that it is generally liked and respected by all people.
The enrichment of culture is the result of contributions
made individually or collectively. Luciano Paverotti, a famous Italian
singer, fascinated large audiences with his singing. His individual
cultural contributions brought joy and happiness in the hearts of
countless thousands of people. It is good that we are living in
an age of advance technology because his voice had been recorded
and it could be still heard for many centuries yet to come.
Needless to say, many remember the Beatles that
consisted of a group of four young men from England who performed
together for a long time drawing large audiences. They were also
instrumental in enriching our culture with their musical and singing
talents. They made millions of records, which will enable them to
keep their cultural contribution to society alive for a very long
time. In addition, many videos and films were made on them that
have eventually immortalized their cultural talents.
We should not forget the classical operas and
various symphonies that were composed by Verdi, Beethoven, Mozart
and the list goes on and on. Tens of thousands still flock several
theaters to see stage operas and to listen to the classical music
of some of the best composers in history. The enrichment of arts
lies in the fact that they are so different in both concept and
expression and, yet, they are all termed to be beautiful.
Source of World Enrichment
If we were to take a rapid tour around the world,
we would be surprised to notice how many people of talent do exist
in so many global areas. We should feel very grateful toward them
because they have become the source of world enrichment. For those
who might have visited France, they might have had the opportunity
to listen to the cultural contributions made by Boudjemaa Zennouch
whose talents in playing string instruments have instigated many
to invite him to perform in a number of countries.
Mr. Zennouch is a young Berber from Algeria who
lives with his beautiful wife and four talented children at St.
Dennis in the outskirts of Paris. He is at present a permanent residence
of France. Fortunately, he made quite a few CDs of his music and
singing, which could be secured directly from him at any time. His
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He has performed in a number of countries including
Germany. During October 2008 Mr. Zennouch was scheduled to give
performances for a few weeks in Algeria the country of his birth.
He gave numerous radio interviews and people came from everywhere
to enjoy his cultural contributions to society through his musical
talents. Mr. Zennouch is a very intelligent and charming young man.
He is noticeably modest and would go out of his way to make people
feel happy and comfortable.
What is really nice with Mr. Zennouch, and many
others like him, is that he tries to bring joy and peace in the
hearts of all those he comes across. In fact, the music and songs
he composes are all geared toward the promotion and implementation
of peace, both individually and collectively. It was not easy for
him to arrive at this important stage of him life time. He comes
from a rather poor family where he had to do a variety of work to
make sure that all the members of his family were not deprived of
anything substantial and essential.
For some time, he played in subways and streets
to entertain people that would stop to listen to him. Some of whom
were so amazed and impressed that they gave him all the financial
assistance that he needed.
What is the real impact of culture on developing
countries? Such an impact has always been proven to be both positive
and constructive. Culture is viewed in general as the product of
the good an individual, a group or an entire nation, as a matter
of fact, has to offer. As stated earlier, culture deals not only
with painting and music but also with poetry and theater. These
are items that are instinctively sought by all people from every
walk of life and profession. They are elements that make people
feel interiorly fulfilled.
Proper Utilization of Culture
We should keep in mind that culture could be
kept alive or simply be buried into oblivion. When we keep it alive,
especially in developing countries, we are managing to inject life
and energy in people, something that they would appreciate immensely.
On the other hand, when we keep it quiet like it is not there, we
develop a situation where everyone feels a vacuum
that something is missing.
When we deal with culture in developing nations
we need to make sure that we do respect and preserve their inherited
culture. Besides, we could take the opportunity to bring to the
natives of these less fortunate nations other cultures that would
enrich or complement their respective cultures. In this process,
we need to be gentle as to bring them peaceful music, the composition
of uplifting poetry, and the proper use of the theater as to enable
them to learn vividly from history anything that is positive and
Besides, we could present a variety of paintings
that are meaningful to their life, both at the individual and community
level. The cultural approach would surely enable the natives of
developing countries not only to appreciate culture but also to
become an integral part of it. The most important element is to
keep in mind that culture should be used primarily to promote and
implement peace among the various communities on a permanent basis.
When people learn and practice the art of sharing
with each other their feelings of both joy and concern, there will
never be room for war, which should become obsolete the sooner the
better. In view of what has been stated, it is obvious that we cannot
take the importance of culture lightly. Culture gives satisfaction
and fulfillment to everyone involved and concerned.
Moreover, it is enables us to develop our sense
of appreciation toward ourselves and others. It also enables us
to bring peace and harmony in the midst of each community where
everyone should feel a winner and no one a loser. The appreciation
of culture should always be our goal in life.