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Factual Faith - Belief Founded on Truth


who lacks the knowledge that some of these people groups have accumulated over centuries, in
a situation where they would have to survive without it, they may find it extremely difficult to
cope, or even survive.3
Tim Kasser shows how life could be easy in affluent situations. Here children are provided for
in luxury by their parents. They live pampered and comfortable lives, free from the cares of
physical survival. Here, the society they live in, does not require focus on staying alive. Taking
care of the basics like food, clothing and a roof over their heads would be considered “worries of
the poor”. Nonetheless people living in these societies may perhaps struggle to survive
emotionally. They often do not have the same emotional attention, focus or care from their
peers, as would be the case in societies that are less materialistic and more “people-focused”.
A materialistic society would not apply its strategy for survival on extracting knowledge from the
previous generation. Where people rely on their finances and position to supply their every
need, they do not perceive the environment to be any threat to their existence. They would
rather focus their efforts towards improving their position and status and could be competing
with their peers on a materialistic level. This might include owning brand items, trendy designer
clothes promoted by the media, or moving up a corporate ladder - always aiming for the top
position.4
Whether it is life in the city, rural areas, seashores or jungles, or even the arctic region, each of
these environments will require specific perspectives and abilities from its inhabitants. The
people around us and the information we share with our peers and parents help shape us. It
affects how we fit into our community, how we relate to others, the way we think about things
and ultimately, the person we become during our lifetime on Earth.5 Our personalities, the
interaction with our environment and our peers form the foundation for cultural develo pment.
Cultures all over the world have been shaped over millennia. As knowledge accumulated and
technology improved, the ability to deal with life, in specific locations on Earth, also blossomed
and advanced. Although some of the cultures have similar traits, others are very distinct and
have particular and unique.
Charles F. Gritzner states that personality types found within specific communities also play a
major role in shaping views and beliefs. If we compare countries like Mexico and Japan, we will
notice distinct differences related to people's personalities. In Mexico people tend to value the
importance of social interaction. People living in Latin America would be considered
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