Identity and cultural classification
By Nthabiseng Seboe, 20 , Gauteng
Many a time, it is said that it is very important to know one’s identity which may be on the basis of economic classes, cultural heritage and political views, just to mention a few. These identities are based on the expectations of society and what they see as fit.
All this may be closely related to knowing one’s history (history = identity) but not many youths have a clear understanding of their history which makes it difficult to identify themselves according to society’s expectations. Therefore, there is always a negative view associated with the youth because of this.
But the fact remains that most youth struggle to identify themselves due to not having a clear understanding of their historical background which include not being to identify themselves with the diverse and indigenous cultures of South Africa.
For the youth and society, this struggle of identity must be seen as insufficient but it is not because everyone has control over this and it is these insufficient things that actually hinders the youth from achieving what they are destined for.
Therefore, if the youth can be educated about identity and feel free to identify themselves with their identity they desire, it would really help.
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