The Art of Culture with Language

Language and culture go close to hand in hand in that there is every reason why we should understand that the ability to share a language leads to agreement or the start up of a culture

One of the most anticipated events that I have ever been to is the convention of Jehovah Witnesses which takes place in most countries around the world. These conventions’ are held by different races of Jehovah Witnesses all speaking one language, not literally but by means of the same love for Jehovah. As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses we have been attending these conventions in the form of one day which is usually held either on Saturday or Sunday. The other convention is held around the three days of one weekend, August/ September. This year it was from 31st to the 2nd September. Every year there is never something missing. But what I have come to realise and know is that even though people speaking different languages because of our white, black, English and coloured race we still feel united because the meaning of what we came to do is not at all that foreign but rather something we all understand in a concept.

Sometimes it is not always about understanding another person’s language but in general understanding the situation for that unity. In these conventions’ we are discussing the bible as the word of God since it carries the central message that Jehovah’s people need to know. It is amazing how we leave the stadium with tolerable and satisfying knowledge. At the end of every convention it is like pain has slowly engulfed us and ‘we are back to the sad and unhappy yet fast moving and competitive world.’ The preparations for this yearly convention is quite diverse with many people of different races travelling there for another fun most thrilling event of the year, hosted mostly by Jehovah Witness.

These conventions are held in Moses Mabhida in South Africa, Durban where we are able to correctly learn so much about from the bible, just as we are preaching to people worldwide. The setting happens in the form that each race is allocated a certain area for the speech deliverance which takes place by the form of actual use of the bible while people follow with the talker. This is accompanied in the language of each race. So there is no forcing of just one language that everyone has to sit through and listen to despite not being able to understand. But as an individual this has taught me the fact that it is important to be able to respect each other’s individual language. There should never be prejudice actions in the way we use and speak each other’s language. In that way it is easier for each individual to express how each person feels using their language.

The ability to get together and speak ‘the same meaning’ despite different languages is one that is empowering and allows the creation of long lasting friends. It is rather something no other human has been able to fulfil but Jehovah’s servants. In addition, there are many other customs to think about in terms of the difference in our race and the way we have been bought up. For example the way we perhaps greet each other is always different from one culture to another culture. In the Black culture, it is rather expected for woman to greet each other with a smile a proper ‘Sawubona’ and then a big hug.

While other races like the white people and Indians would usually just give a smile and then a warm shake here and there. The way we do certain things is different but there are no insults.

Our differences bring us together as people. A society is made up of all types of people, these are people with the same intentions or with different intentions but apart from that, we are able to learn from each other.

While other races like the white people and Indians would usually just give a smile and then a warm shake here and there. The way we do certain things is different but there are no insults.

Our differences bring us together as people. A society is made up of all types of people, these are people with the same intentions or with different intentions but apart from that, we are able to learn from. A society is create by the people of the people, so it so no use to think we cannot be able to create a society with the same means of meaning yet a different language.

Of course, because of our differences in language and culture, our styles of grooming and dressing will change or be altered a little, by means of different races. For example, that we know of such behaviour and attitudes of our culture may differ from certain differences in another culture. So by being able to adapt to the way we do things and touch upon other people’s lives. For example, during my attendance of the convention in Moses Mabhida, I have come to know that English people love to always keep up with time. They do not like wasting time. In the meanwhile, due to our prolonged access the communication and the majority of us the Zulu culture is not able to tackle with time. So we are forced to speed up like the English.

So by being able to adapt to the way we do things and touch upon other people’s lives. For example, during my attendance of the convention in Moses Mabhida, I have come to know that English people love to always keep up with time. They do not like wasting time. In the meanwhile, due to our prolonged access the communication and the majority of us the Zulu culture is not able to tackle with time. So we are forced to speed up.

Accordingly we are different in the way we seem to dress and groom each of us. This also goes to show that we are totally different unique people and our differences show in the way we dress. In my culture woman love to wear traditional attires while men wear traditional or black suits. But now overtime we have come to adapt to the way the modern and western societies. From floral dresses to long colour assorted dressing styles that at the end of the day come out as simple as possible but they still manage to look beautiful and presentable. It is in us that our looks and style of grooming bring us to appreciate one another. But sometimes, our differences can overlap but as Jehovah’s people, we aim and force to keep those differences away from such special days.

It is how I have learned to treat others equally despite their differences which sometimes show or in many cases does not show.

Other ceremonies that I have been to are weddings and in which I have come to figure out different potentials that black people on a typical wedding produce with regards to white weddings. Black wedding consist of dancing and loud music while white weddings are more collected and peaceful.

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