Faulty cultural conditioning is one of our great challenges in the process of learning to actualize our spiritual nature. We all get affected by the bombardment of messages that we receive through media and the current popular ideas or aspirations.
This is one of the reasons mediation is so important. Meditation is like going into the closet and closing the door. When we are deeply alone with ourselves and clearing away all the external influences – What do we know? What do we want? What do we do?
Not all cultural messages are destructive to our well being, but many are. I think it is important to do a conscious sorting out process. Embrace the helpful attitudes and discard the ones that just don’t serve us and others.