Skip to content

Culture is Created by Those Who Show Up

Minnow Park
Minnow Park
1 min read
The only way to change culture is to create more of it. - Andy Crouch

This one idea completely changed the way I look at art, creativity, and my work. Growing up in a conservative Christian home, we always wondered how we can save a broken and sinful world. We had to be change makers, we had to make things right.

The way we’ve been shown to change the culture was by condemning, criticizing, or copying it.

The first two, condemning and criticizing culture, makes me livid. It makes me embarrassed and ashamed to be a Christian. We’ve seen too much of that from ignorant, self righteous people. Their bigotry and ignorance has made my faith a caricature.

Copying culture makes me cringe. Those that try to offer a “Christian” version of popular culture have been worse versions of what they are imitating.

It takes no real effort to condemn, criticize, or copy. You get to stand in the sidelines and point fingers so you can feel better about yourself, and feel as if you’re doing something important.

But creating more culture? That’s hard work. That’s putting skin in the game, taking responsibility. Culture is the way human beings make something of the world. It affects every aspect of our lives. The only way to change it is by creating more of the kind of culture we want to see.

When you do the courageous work of creating culture, it’s doesn’t become about us and them, or right or wrong. It’s not about saving the world, or converting the world to what you believe. It’s about connection, generosity, vulnerability, empathy, a contribution that makes things better.

Be a Contribution

Comments


Related Posts

Members Public

Turning Pain Into Art

I’m reading this book by Susan Cain called Bittersweet and she starts with a story about the death of 22 people during the civil war in Sarajevo in 1992.

Members Public

Earning to Be Creative

I have another question for you today: How hard are you trying to earn your identity as a creator/creative/artist? Because once we decide for ourselves that we start creating work that is generous, courageous, and intended to connect with others, most of us run straight into self doubt.

Members Public

Yes, You Are an Imposter

For the longest time I thought the Imposter Syndrome was something to overcome or avoid. It’s not till recently I’ve learned it’s here to stay. It’s not going anywhere. Before I started coaching it was, “Who do you think you are even trying to do anything