Culture is a general term that represents the sum of attitudes, customs, behaviors, norms and beliefs that distinguishes one group of people from the other. Culture is passed down from one generation to the other by families, societies or national ideals. It can be further described as a shared behavioral pattern, interactions and socialization. Since it is a way of life, culture is transmitted simply through living in a certain place and interacting with a specific group of people.
The elements of culture are religion, art, political system, language, economy, customs of a society and geography. Religion is simply defined as the belief of a society, which shapes and has an influence on how people interact. Art is an expression of a culture through aesthetics. Political system is the government and laws of a country. Language is the way we communicate through speech, writing or symbols. Economy basically is how people get what they need financially. Customs are the traditions of a culture or a society. Geography is the land, location and natural resources of a place.
The culture in which individuals are brought up in greatly influences how they relate with others. Culture gives an individual implicit knowledge on how to conduct themselves while in different situations and how to interpret things. It is important to understand that a person’s behavior and reactions are solely culturally motivated.
Religion, economy and politics are the most valued elements of culture in the United States. As part of the American dream, wealth plays a critical role in shaping the economy of the US. Religious freedom in the US is guaranteed in the First Amendment granting the citizens the freedom to worship without the interference of the government. The politics of the US is shaped by two main political divides: Democrats and Republicans.