Human beings are shaped by their attitudes, values, biases, and beliefs towards various aspects of society. Throughout our lives, interactions with various individuals with different backgrounds influence our beliefs and what we stand for in society (Tripp, 2007). The kind of information that individuals acquire from the internet, parents, friends and other sources shape our line of thinking towards mainstream society. For instance, identifying oneself with a specific cultural background determines the perspective one may have towards the societal events. Therefore, despite the common society that most individuals are raised in, most individual reason and think differently based on the cultural backgrounds and the values instilled in them.
My Cultural Identity
Cultural identity is a specific sense of belonging that one identifies within the society (Amenga-Etego, 2012). The identity that one associates with forms part of an individual’s perception and conception. Growing up as a young boy, I took much time trying to shape my identity and beliefs. My father was a staunch Christian believer, and he took the time to influence my family members to join the Christian religion. Despite my father’s influence, my inquisitive character generated particular interest in understanding how Christians think and perceive society. I tried to understand how the Christians could believe in a supreme being that did not exist but still had faith in the being. I was also interested in understanding more about the Christian life on earth and the afterlife, as indicated in the bible. Therefore, my identity was later on absorbed into the values and beliefs of the Christian life.
My Perspective on Gender
Gender is a binary concept that describes the classification of individuals based on their sex and other societal classes. The Christian perspective views gender as different from other cultural beliefs. According to the Christian belief, the first message learnt is that all individuals, regardless of gender, are equal in the eyes of God. The Holy Scripture has shaped the minds of Christians to conform to the understanding that every life matter and no one should be regarded as inferior in society. The main revelation of this concept is based on the idea that every individual, regardless of their social status, will receive judgment from God, which is according to their deeds rather than their riches.
The second message that I learned from the Christian perspective is that individuals in society are born different. Thus, the gender stretch is wide enough to accommodate every member of society. The analysis of this concept is that individuals were born in different societal classes, and people should appreciate the position they are in since it is God’s will (Amenga-Etego, 2012).
Values and Biases Learnt from the Christian Belief
As part of my Christian teaching when I was growing up, I have learned the attribute of being patient and hopeful in life. Many are times when things go astray, and people tend to lose the motivation to move on in life. For instance, a business operation may incur losses, and this reason may cause an individual to lose morale towards the business. Based on the Christian teachings, it is essential to hope for the things seen and the things that are not seen (Hebrews 11:1).
The Christian background has also helped me to acquire the value of responsibility for everything that I undertake. Most young individuals do not own up the mistake they make, and most shun away from their actions. The Christianity belief has trained believers to own up their sins and repent to God. I have applied the same concept to societal activities and have learnt to provide care to my fellow friends and activities.
Issues Anticipated This Semester
Based on Christianity’s values, my most significant issue may arise from the students who do not actively participate in discussions groups. Some of the students in discussion groups are not active and responsible for performing their work. Such members make me feel uncomfortable when dealing with them since they are disturbing in nature. Even Christianity indicates that a person that does not work should not eat ‘second Thessalonians 3:10’ (Amenga-Etego, 2012). Therefore, every student needs to be responsible for performing their tasks and provide a conducive environment for the other members.
My Feminism Perspective
The Christian belief provides a clear indication that man is the head of the family, but that does not mean they are superior to women. The arising issue is that most Christian tend to miss-interpret the bible teachings, thus analyze the scripture in a contradicting way. I do not identify with feminism since human beings are equal despite gender. The main reason for the indication of the man’s position is to provide order and responsibility in a family. God gave man and woman a specific responsibility, which should not be the main reason for the oppression of another individual’s rights. In my opinion, I believe that every individual has his or her own opinion, the right to care, and is equal. Therefore, men are no better than women, and thus, each gender should be granted equal opportunities and rights.
Issues Related to Women
One of the psychological issues that affect women in society is hysteria. This condition causes individuals to convert their psychological stress into physical symptoms (Tripp, 2007). My main interest is to learn why this condition affects women more than men. Through the semester course, I am also interested in understanding if men can handle their emotional distress better than women. In conclusion, the concept of gender has raised binary concepts and every individual reason according to their beliefs and understanding.
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Tripp, L. (2007). Gender and development from a Christian perspective: Experience from World Vision. Gender & Development, 7(1), 62-68. doi:10.1080/741922931