Culture and language are incredibly important, not merely luxuries but the medium in which we live.
“I understood how much our inner existence, our sense of self, depends on having a living speech within us. To lose an internal language is to subside into an inarticulate darkness in which we become alien to ourselves; to lose the ability to describe the world is to render that world a bit less vivid, a bit less lucid. And yet the richness of articulation gives the hues of subtlety and nuance to our perceptions and thought.” -Eva Hoffman
Our language corresponds to our reality in a way that other languages cannot, simply because we learn it unconsciously at the same time we as we are learning the world. The words we attach to the pieces of life around us seem the most true. Even if we learn a new language as adults, we are always transcribing through our original language, comparing the new to the old to find understanding.
“Forces that have shaped us before we could shape ourselves.”-Eva Hoffman
Culture goes so deeply within us. It shapes and constructs, nearly subliminally, the values, beliefs, and predispositions that influence our most intimate assumptions and perceptions. It is not merely handed down, it is embedded within us.