You were shaped by the dominant culture in which you grew up. You probably didn’t even think about that, but your values and way of living came together based on what you saw and heard.
Your family is your first dominant culture. For some people, the culture of a church or other religious group comes next. The next culture to dominate your life comes from media and (for most people) schools. Because of the way schools operate today, the school culture and media culture are almost the same.
Without thinking about it, you learn to look and talk and think and act like the people of your culture, for good or bad.
The dominant culture in this country is very sick today. That’s my value judgment. You might have seem similarly disturbing things. I’ve come to understand that if we don’t intentionally develop a culture in which we want to live — in our families and in the groups we join — we will default to becoming like the depraved dominant culture. And so will our children.
The bad news is that technology and various forms of media are destroying what’s left of Western culture as I’ve known it. The good news is that you and I can choose a culture — can build a culture — that we want for ourselves and for our children.