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Eye of the Optimist -Cultural Renewal

For the purpose of reviewing my work on positive thinking recently, I was re-reading my first volume of blog entries entitled "A Year of Living Positively" (written from Dec. 2013 to Dec. 2014 and published in 2015 online). In doing so, I noticed that I never completed posting thoughts on the meaning of cultural renewal. Cultural renewal came up as one of the conclusions of my machinations on the concept of positive thinking. Rather than launch into that subtopic right away, however, I postponed the task and eventually traveled up the path of discussing the benefits of journal writing in Volume Two. I want to start addressing the notion of cultural renewal here and now.

Anthropologists routinely talk about cultural production and reproduction to explain how a society or at least a community and its cultural develop. Reproduction is repetition; that is to say habit and tradition. Production is the appearance of new practices, materials and ideas, which happens over time through experience. Cultural renewal is reproduction and production.

Weaving in the concept of cultural renewal into my evolving mental framework of positiive thinking, it plays a part in refreshing our outlook and lives when we are aware and consciously think about creating and re-creating ideas, things and practices. Journal writing is a prime example of how this is and can be done. Through the process of observations,reflections on our experiences, social exchanges and the ideas of ourselves and others, our attitudes and concepts are altered, usually gradually although it can happen through epiphanies or the shocks of sudden events in our lives.

My approach to positive thinking involves more than just observing, reflecting and looking at the positive side of experience and circumstances. It includes voluntarism, community involvement and action for social change. It is through this latter thrust of consciousness raising and positive thinking that culture can be more significantly enhanced and pushed forward. It can happen especially through communicating the positive thinking that one's reflections, decisions and actions generates. 

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