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Honor and Nourish Your Heritage

October 31, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 20   Category: Social Studies    Views: 708

We are living in a history. We are living in the present, connecting the past and the future. We make use of the wisdom and the heritage of the present to better the life of today and we, on our part, will be leaving a heritage of our own to the future generations.


Every human being and everything in the universe seems to be connected with one another in some way or other. There is connectedness between people who lived on this earth and those who are occupying it now. There is also interrelatedness between animate and inanimate beings of all times. This existence leaves a tinge of heritage. Heritage is a collected wisdom.

Every nation has a heritage of its own. Heritage week is celebrated in different times of the year throughout the world. Heritage Week is observed in many countries in the third week of October, and it is the time when they celebrate their cultural heritage. There is usually a set theme for that week to highlight the heritage of their nation. It is an occasion to reflect about our roots and the meaning of our life.

Every place has a certain heritage

Every region or nation has a particular heritage. People from various places have different food habits, dress codes, climate contexts and other external features. In India, we have different heritages in different regions. But there is a harmony in their search for meaning, struggle for life and the way they solved their problems which help all to live a life in harmony.

Our ancestors

Our ancestors walked on the same earth as we are doing now. They shared the same dream. They aspired for the same truth. They hoped for the same future as we are doing now. In that way we are connected with our ancestors.

Collective wisdom

The knowledge what we inherit today is a collective wisdom from the past. We have learnt secrets about living not only from other cultures but also from animals, plants and other beings of nature. The collective wisdom of ages is what we call heritage or cultural heritage.

Why should we honor and nourish our heritage?

Albert Camus wrote, "Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but only a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future." It is for this purpose that we need to honor and nourish our heritage.

Heritage and history

Heritage is such a strong term that it seems to have become popularly interchangeable with history itself. History stops with the past. But heritage proceeds to the future. It suggests, however, some obligations on the part of the present based on the past, to proceed into the future. The past gives lessons in some way to live the present leading to the future. Heritage, in this way, suggests continuity. Usually it suggests some flexibility of form or practice.

Heritage and tradition

radition, just as history, is something from the past. It is the way of managing the past. It is managing history and representing it in the present. Heritage, in a way, is not only 'reading' from the past but a 'writing' of it in which it establishes 'history' itself. In this way heritage becomes more responsible on the presentation and also it offers great opportunities for manipulation of it for commercial ends.

Heritage in danger

Heritage becomes a 'danger' when it is in the danger of being lost. Heritage upholds values. When these values are lost heritage is also lost.

Corruption of Indian heritage

Certain elements of heritage which are considered to be noble for some groups may be diametrically opposed to other groups of people. For example, the caste system found in India is the corrupted form of heritage. It is a deplorable penetration into heritage, hated by everyone. This corruption of heritage has affected the finest thread of our Indian heritage. India's social structure is a unique blend of diverse religions, cultural, linguistic and racial groups which adds to the richness of its heritage. But this richness of heritage is terribly disfigured by the cursed caste system.

Let us honor and nourish our heritage

India has always been promoting the universal brotherhood of the whole world. Its literatures and cultures are the solid proofs of this high heritage. The words of Branch Ricky, "What matters is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage that you leave behind," should make us think. Let us honor and nourish our rich heritages and contribute our best to the society.



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