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Culture and creativity

Culture is one of the most important parts of society.

 

Culture is one of the most important parts of society. It is even said that culture is like an invisible glue that holes people and society together. But why culture? It is actually as different as every member of the society. For some, culture is a language that is spoken, for others, culture is something soulful, patriotism and communion. The third person feels that culture is national dress and traditions, for fourth, the culture lies in food, views on the world and principles. Culture is different and it is impossible to define uniquely. But should we? Culture’s charm is its diversity, which allows it to be enjoyed by very different people, in different places during different times.

A lot is talked about getting to know other cultures. This means travelling to other societies, countries or communes and studying the habits, practices, traditions and beliefs. There is a countless amount of different cultures, some of them are opened, but others are very restricted. Some think that the more opened the culture is, the better it persists and gathers more supporters. The others are afraid that when culture is too open, then it becomes vain and vanishes in today’s globalizing society. To prevent this, some of the groups of society are very strongly locked, keeping and preserving their culture, history and traditions knowingly. There is no answer, how to keep and preserve your culture. Every society and country has their own ways, which suit them the best.

Even though strange cultures are interesting, it is more important to preserve your own culture. Because culture is a verb and through all activities, it is easier to keep culture alive. Through creative activity, culture finds its way to peoples’ heart. Music, art, singing festivals and traditions, promenades – the joy of doing something together and happiness are those things which are remembered, when Estonian culture is introduced. For this, it is very important that musicians would still create songs in Estonian, so our language and words are preserved and used. Important is also to hand down Estonian folk songs and dances from generation to generation, because this is something that connects us to our predecessors.

Luckily, creativity and culture is loved, supported and appreciated in Estonia. We have a large amount of loved singers, several theatres and actors, science institutions and museums. One can argue about how art people are valued in everyday life, what do they get paid etc, but one thing is sure – every Estonian is proud of our grand masters!

It is said that Estonians are very silent and uncommunicative, we do not often say out loud things that we mean and we are very moderate. But this is the way how we are and this is our culture. We eat potatoes and love onions, sing folk songs together with thousands of people and glorify our winners of Olympics. We do not talk loud in buses and walk around with smiles on our faces, but this does not make us worse than others. This is our culture and our country, our society and our creativity. This is best for our people.