Just like it’s easy to get caught up in the latest gossip at school or work, it’s easy to get caught up in your own culture’s trends and expectations.
As I try to be more conscious of other cultures, I learn more about what other people are doing outside of our borders.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
You only have to travel to a few faraway places or follow a little international pop culture to see that beauty is not perceived in other cultures the same way it is in the US.
In America, perceptions of beauty often rely on the idea of perfection.
They will have to support each other to stay with an effort, even when it feels discouraging.
People will have to resist the efforts of those who use divide-and-conquer techniques--pitting one cultural group against another.
We put a lot of stock in what’s in Hollywood or fashion magazines.
Luckily, many of us have realized that what’s in the media is a finished product.
(See II Corinthians 5:7, Psalm , Romans , Psalm 13, and I John 4:8.) Because each individual, family, and set of circumstances is unique, each courtship will be unique.
While those who choose courtship will hold to general guidelines for the relationship, their specific choices about when, where, and how to court may differ according to their needs and circumstances.
It can also include groups we join or become part of. If you haven't had a chance to understand how your culture has affected you first hand, it's more difficult to understand how it could affect anyone else or why it might be important to them.
For example, we can acquire a new culture by moving to a new region, by a change in our economic status, or by becoming disabled. It may seem odd that in order to learn about people in other cultures, we start by becoming more aware of our own culture. If you are comfortable talking about your own culture, then you will become better at listening to others talk about theirs.
What’s more is that those are often artists’ renderings of a certain ideal.