How do you define culture?
If I look it up on Wikipedia, I am told it was a concept first introduced by Cicero and given two options:
- the evolved human capacity to classify and represent experiences with symbols, and to act imaginatively and creatively; and
- the distinct ways that people living differently classified and represented their experiences, and acted creatively.
I like definition one better. It uses the term “evolved”. There is room for growth when you choose this word. Definition two has too much finality to it.
If you take this to heart, travel introduces you to new, creative, and imaginative acts. This is how I define culture.
Too many people go through life with the impression that they are complete, yet there is so much more to learn. If you don’t learn something new everyday, you aren’t finished. You haven’t figured it all out. You are stuck.