Culture is what we are, civilisation is what we have | Essay | UPSC | IAS | K. Siddhartha Sir

Culture is what we are, civilization is what we have


Analogy of how American and what Americans say of Indian children who study and behave very well

Meaning of how Indians are said to be the most educated, decent communities.

Symbolic Meaning of Indian Athletes not indulging in indecent behaviour,

It was this jealousy that prompted Britain to destroy its culture systematically

It is this aspect that is billed to be destroyed systematically by Urban naxals and left oriented thinkers on the behest of outside countries.

Meaning of Culture

What is meant by “Culture is What we are”

  • Lifestyle
  • Thinking
  • Language and its uses
  • Iconography
  • Perceptions
  • Religion as a tool or life

Meaning of civilization

Meaning of “Civilization is what we have”

  • Civilizational aspects are best Reflected in Thinking as it carries a legacy
  • Civilization always makes you spiritual
  • That pertains to Ability to understand our mistakes
  • That pertains to Ability to distinguish between right and wrong
  • Ability to distinguish Between humane and not
  • Ability to distinguish between what they know is correct and incorrect, whether it harms any one or not
  • To know whether the actions they are doing will harm the society
  • To know whether the actions will Harm the environment
  • To know whether the actions Harm the psyche
  • To know whether the actions Harm the fabric of the society, Or not
  • Arnold Toyanbees statement, “It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in the self-destruction of the human race. At this supremely dangerous moment in history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way.”
  • Left undistorted, a civilized society a civilized thinking learns from mistakes, asks apologizes for the wrongs, corrects themselves
  • Why someone can do such Colonial atrocities
  • Why someone will Burn libraries

Mixing of Culture and Civilization

Plays role in Making you Spiritual

God fearing, which doesn’t mean killing of innocents in the name of religion

Following a lifestyle but with civilized value

Lifestyle, Thinking, Language and its uses, Iconography, Perceptions, Religion as a tool or life