8/2/2019 Things Do Not Change
Things do not change; we change Henry David
The topic of my presentation is, Social and cultural norms that define us!
Movement is the essence of life, both for individual and the society. From the independence
day of August 14, 1947 up to date, Pakistans has been a society in transition. The society
of Pakistan is dynamic and therefore ever-changing, and its patterns are transforming time
to time. The society and culture of Pakistan comprises of diverse cultures and ethnic groups.
As were all Pakistanis, the presentation will revolve around the social and cultural norms
and values of Pakistan. As we all know that Pakistan is an Islamic Republic, we are bounded
by the ideologies of Islam. Our value and norms as come from the Islamic ideologies,
keeping Islam apart for a while as we have people from various religious backgrounds,
every religion teaches basic norms and values which involves respect for elders, courtesy,
honesty, peace, harmony, freedom and equal distribution of rights.
If we trace our history 200 years back, well find that we have various cultures and ethnic
backgrounds, there are more similarities than differences in the cultures, norms and values.
Every culture is unique in its own way, every ethnic group has their own unique identity and
the heritage they carry with themselves. Pakistan has a rich culture, which is a heritage
legacy of ancient rulers of the region. One of the greatest cultural influences was that of the
Persian Empire, of which Pakistan was a part. Other key influences include the Afghan
Empire, Mughal Empire and later, the short-lived but influential, the British Empire.
The basic social, cultural norms and values were derived from these cultures and Islamic
ideologies laid down in the holy book and scriptures of Muslim scholars.
Our values and norms have changed considerably over years. Those who live or lived under
the blessed shadow of grandparents know the traditional values and norms the best. They
are the carriers of true heritage of values and norm and make sure that their grandchildren
get a hold of them.
- Saying Assalam-u-Alaikum whenever we greet someone, Saying Allah-Hafiz when we part
- Greeting grandparents and other elderly figures of the family and friends with salutations
were common norms.
- Honesty was a lesson that was taught everyday
- Learning, following and respecting rules, regulations and principles were taught since the
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Some common norms were
- Early to bed, early to rise- Staying out of the house after sunset was prohibited- Strict following and honoring of etiquettes, manners, rule, regulations and principle- Code of life was simple
Some common values were
- Honesty- Loyalty- Respect and equal treatment for every human being- Kindness, love and affection- Refrain from profanity
Cultural values and norms were
- Unity- Faith- Discipline 3 values which are present in the religion, culture and social values of
- Closely knitted Family system The concept of extended family system
These were the traditional cultural and social norms and values that defined us, dated back
hundreds of years. Now I would like to call Maryam Asif, to further continue with the
presentation and tell you about the norms and values in more recent times.