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A Lesson About Family Many sociologists define the term values as cultural types of standards by which people measure goodness and beauty These values also serve as broad guidelines for social living and human interaction For the most part values are different for different cultures However there are many universal traits that cultures share For example most world cultures have some form of music They have services for marriage and services for death These examples mainly help to define a culture however the values that are placed on them tend to be fairly common In todays world family values are values that seem to be losing importance among people Unfortunately many people today can only trace their families back two or three generations In 1973 Alice Walker wrote a short story about a mother and her two daughters that lived in a time when family members could trace their genealogy back one hundred or two hundred years Everyday Use is a story about family values and the conflict that can occur when those values are compromised Upon reading Alice Walkers short story Everyday Use the reader should leave with new perspectives about the importance of understanding ones heritage about the significance of a humble beginning in life and about the importance of being happy and content with who one is and what one has The importance of family heritage is something that many people have forgotten in todays world For example asking some people what the names are of their past relatives is like asking them how many stars are there in the sky They just do not know the answer It seems as though the people of this generation have not been taught how important it is to be proud of the traditions of their ancestors In the story Everyday Use Mama represents what her family history is all about and she is quite proud of who she
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