Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who's your daddy? And his daddy? And his daddy?

What's so great about heritage, anyway? It's something you can't control and exclusively involves what other people did in different times under different circumstances. In most cases, people you've never met and who wouldn't understand you if you did.

Culture is different. Culture is active and alive. You're part of that. You have the ability to improve upon the lifestyle that's home to you. And if you don't fit in with your culture, well, you're free to break from it and reshape yourself.

Heritage is a flimsy excuse to avoid personal growth and introspection. At worst, it's what allows grown men in modern America to hate and kill people for looking different. Who needs it?


KBliss said...

It's true that heritage can sometimes lead people to continuing their lives in the same cycle that their family raised them in. Perfect example, the photo you shared.

However, I think in some instances, heritage can be a great thing. Such as family heirlooms to inherit from your great grandparents, a tradition such as how we celebrate certain holidays or even sometimes knowlege of our family history passed down. Seriously, a realitive of mine was Thomas Edison's assistant. A friend of mine is a direct descendant of Thomas Jefferson, how cool is that?

Of course, you have to be smart and realize that sometimes just because your family was one way, doesn't mean you have to stay that way. It kind of comes down to common sense between past and present.

Ian McGibboney said...

That is pretty cool! I brag too about cool relatives. They supposedly include Queen Elizabeth and Johnny Appleseed. My grandfather was once Mr. Dallas despite a disability. Fascinating stuff.

In the Deep South, "heritage" is often a euphemism for justified racism and/or resistance to change. In and of itself, heritage is fine. But the way many of these people have hijacked the term, it's become almost synonymous with bad things. That's what I think we could discard.