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Showing posts with label Family Values. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Family Values. Show all posts

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Vedas to Bibles: Spiritual Texts and Their Influence on Domestic Behavior

 From the cradle to the grave, humanity has been guided by the teachings etched in sacred texts. Whether you're sitting in a bustling home in Lagos or a tranquil garden in Kyoto, the whisper of ancestral wisdom governs the private and public spheres of life. This dialogue invites you to explore how spiritual teachings from the Vedas to the Bibles have subtly, yet profoundly, influenced our most intimate spaces—our homes and our hearts.

The air is thick with incense as a Hindu priest recites verses from the Rigveda. Across the globe, a family gathers around a Bible during Sunday service, adhering to the Ten Commandments as a moral compass. Unbeknownst to each other, both families are united by the invisible threads of spirituality that shape their domestic lives. It's as if W.E.B. Du Bois himself declared, "The power of the spiritual world is the loom upon which the fabric of our private lives is woven."

Spiritual teachings remind us of a common understanding that transcends time and geography. Think of the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child," echoed in the Confucian value of collectivism, and reflected in Western classical thought that emphasizes the importance of community. These words aren't merely proverbial; they weave through our daily routines like a thread in a tapestry, stitching the fabric of our domestic existence.

Ah, the soothing ritual of morning prayers. Kneeling on prayer mats, sitting in meditation, or murmuring hymns; it's a daily habit recognized globally, crossing all lines—geographical, cultural, or religious. It's like that moment when you're doubled over in laughter at a Richard Pryor show; the essence is universal. And in that universality, you feel that inexplicable connection that makes you say, "Yes, that's exactly it."

So, let's embark on a story where the main characters are us. Yes, you sitting in your New York loft and you in your Beijing apartment. Let's talk about the moral codes and teachings that are passed down like heirlooms, from the Quranic scriptures emphasizing family responsibility to the Jewish Talmud that advises, "Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time."

Thursday, September 28, 2023

The Post-Soviet Russian Household: A Study in Transformation

 The Post-Soviet Russian Household: A Study in Transformation paints a vivid picture of the world's ever-changing private sphere, illuminated by the shifting perspectives of culture, politics, and global dynamics. This blog untangles the complex threads of the intimate lives led behind closed doors across the world—starting from the tundra of Siberia to the arid plains of Africa, to the bustling cities of Asia. Welcome to a voyage through the often unseen yet profoundly significant aspect of our shared human experience.


From the dissolution of the USSR in 1991 to today, Russian households have faced a dramatic shift. To understand this phenomenon is to open a window to humanity's broadest hopes and fears. Think of W.E.B. Du Bois's concept of "double consciousness," where one navigates multiple social identities. This concept finds resonance globally as families juggle traditional roots and modern demands, especially stark in post-Soviet Russia where families adapted rapidly from communism to capitalism.

The wisdom encapsulated in the Yoruba proverb, "Charity begins at home," echoes in Russian homes as much as it does in African ones. It tells us that the values we learn in the cocoon of our home shape us and, by extension, society. Values like resilience and adaptability found in the Russian household also reverberate from the teachings of Confucianism in China to the stoic philosophers of ancient Greece.

The habit of family mealtime is one that unites households worldwide. This daily ritual has unique flavors across different cultures, but the essence remains the same: a moment of pause, reflection, and togetherness. In Russia, this act has become deeply emotional as many recall the communal meals of the past, rife with collective hopes and tragedies. Imagine laughing so hard your drink comes out of your nose. That moment captures something raw and genuine—a family's resilience in the face of adversity, huddled around their humble dinner table.

Our story moves beyond numbers and statistics to the very essence of human lives. Take Vera, a 60-year-old Russian woman, who tells tales of communal apartments during the Soviet era, nostalgia laced with irony. Contrast her with Natasha, a Gen-Z entrepreneur who's never lived in a non-digital world. Vera and Natasha represent the complex, multi-faceted dynamic of a post-Soviet household: one foot rooted in the past's complex ideologies, the other striding towards a future teetering between apprehension and hope.