The indigenous cultures of the world

World view of the different cultures

The question of what is one's purpose here on Earth has already been asked by countless individuals. Each one having his unique perspective of the world which borders on his ethnicity, religion and culture. With the infinite expanse of the universe, one finds it difficult to relate his importance to the outside world.

One answer why we continue living despite the hardships of life in a world of strife is that we unconsciously persist or hope to find out what purposes have been written in the palm of our hands. Purposes we eventually carry out at the risk of losing something dear to us, even our lives. This was aptly explained in prose by Barry Lopez in which he wrote that "the risk we take is of finding our final authority in the metaphors rather than in the land. To inquire into the intricacies of a distant landscape, then, provokes thoughts about one's own interior landscape, and the familiar landscapes of memory. The land urges us to come around to an understanding of ourselves." The things which happen in our lives, as I found out, are experiences that will eventually lead us to the determination of our purpose and will rightly set our perspective about the world.

Indigenous cultures oftentimes portray their worship to their gods by offering sacrifices to Mother Earth with the belief that she plays a direct hand in influencing the environment, weather and their lives. Hence, some of their beliefs and rituals can be directly rooted to nature. Some of these beliefs are in fact shared by my own view of the world and by those living in our present time.

The question of why events happen and how they affect all of humanity was, in a way, answered by Gary Witherspoon observation that "the assumption that underlies this dualistic aspect of all being and existence is the world is in motion, that things are constantly undergoing processes of transformation, deformation, and restoration, and that the essence of life and being is movement." This statement, simply speaking, expounds my view that events that happen on the other side of the globe could trigger a chaotic result on the other side. One such event was an assassination of a duke of a country which triggered strife across Europe, and eventually causing World War I.

With development come new-found knowledge and the changing of one's world view. But not all developments are beneficial to us. David Bohm said that human existence, and, indeed, perhaps the very existence of any form of life at all on the surface of the Earth is now threatened by the development of technically advanced means of destruction.

And with this fact, man lives in fear of another instead of reaching out their hands in assistance to his fellow human. Thus, breeding hate, contempt and anger that they become part of our lives and our normal way of living. As Bohm added, such a mode of living is leading to an even more meaningless social structure, in which we experience the very patterns of relationship that we ourselves have created as something separate from us and alien to what is deepest and most essential in each individual human being.

Much of why we don't agree with our fellow men is caused by the reason that each one of us has a different world view. But I, for one, advocate that respect should be afforded to every individual's own perspective. Exercising one's free will according to his view of the world within the context of what is right makes the world a better place.