This is what I mean when I say ‘we are the culture makers’:
I mean that our entire society and status quo — from every conversation we have with friends, family and acquaintances; to our workplaces; to our interactions with government workers and civil servants; to the way we consume media — is a web of cooperation that we make and remake every day.
Each of us makes a million tiny agreements at any given moment to go along with our culture and make things run smoothly.
A lot of the times, people disagree with the demands and dictates and practices of our culture, but swallow their voice and say nothing.
And even in that moment, in the internal dissonance and the absence of action, they are culture makers.
In that moment, they (we!) allow the over-culture to continue as it is, unimpeded.
We let the voice of culture speak through our mouths and use our bodies and lives in order to stabilize and regenerate itself.
And so every day, whether we are conscious of it or not, we are making and remaking our culture.
Everyday, we are culture makers.
And that reveals a huge opportunity: we can choose how to deliberately use our culture-making power.
Instead of letting an unjust culture flow through us, we can interrupt it — and we can make a new one.
And we do it with tiny, consistent, committed words + actions + experiments + contributions each day.
Tiny acts of doing-it-differently dislodge the web of cooperation that the unjust culture requires in order to continue functioning — and creates something new, instead.
For the future, and for right now.
Culture isn’t ‘out there’ or something that’s set in stone and unchanging.
Culture is living and organic; it’s in us; it acts on us; it moves through us…and we co-create it, every day.
And so we, the culture makers, have the power to disrupt it, reimagine it, and make a new one in which everyone flourishes.
Now and always. Every day. We are the culture makers.
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