I am Christian, which makes the Christian wedding ceremony important to my culture. Christian wedding ceremonies are simple and temperate. They are carried out before the bride and groom, along with their respective relatives, friends. Their rituals are also strewed into; the pre-wedding or engagement often followed by the bachelor and hens wedding; the wedding that is marked by a bridal reception; and post-wedding celebrated by an exchange of vows between the groom and bride. One example of the concept of notions of modesty from the water surface behaviors is the choice of the brides and bridesmaids’ dresses. While the modesty discussed in the books of 1 Timothy and 1 Peter demonstrates that we have more pivotal things to offer except just good looks and sensual appeal, many young brides put on very provocative wedding dresses in attempts to look appealing in all dynamics. Another water surface belief concept example of Christian wedding ceremony is including the Christian factor in the courtship practices and approaches to target an already Christian partner. A final example of the concept of the roles in relation to sex and preference for competition or cooperation in Christian wedding ceremony is the male-breadwinner trope of the groom that dictates preference (Hall, 1976). Values that are important to me from most are love for God and neighbors, unconditional love for others and enemies, and forgiving those who have wronged us. Love for God and neighbors is most important to me because it determines my attitude and emotions about the subjects of the next two values. If I do not love God and my neighbors to the fullest, then how can I share the same attitude towards those who have wronged me? My Christian cultural background influences my choice of activities and occupations in terms of deviating me from choices that encourage nudity, immodesty, overindulgence, or depravity.
The Hindu wedding was the interviewee’s important tradition of her Hindu culture. Prior to the wedding, astrologists use the bride and groom’s birth dates to calculate celestial body positions and reflect the “muhurta” and declaring their ancestral lineage. Just before the wedding, a “sangeet,” a pre-party held by the union of the brides’ families where they sing, dance, and enjoy the impending marriage officiating. They then hold the “mehendi” ceremony to draw intricate ink designs on the bride’s limbs and officiate under a “mandap.” An example of the notion of modesty concept in Hindu wedding traditions is their dressing code serving as a protection of the woman’s modesty and privacy leaving the limbs uncovered. Courtship practices leading up to a Hindu wedding ceremony is an example of the water surface beliefs in terms of the woman following in the familial footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers (Hall, 1976). An example of the concept of thought patterns in the roles pertaining to sex and preference for competition and cooperation is still major parental influence in arranging marriages that limit competition but intensify cooperation among families. The interviewee said the Hindu wedding is important to her because its emphasis on family as a key cultural value is the tool for destabilizing the patriarchal hold over the ceremony. As more and more marriage proposals are being made outside parental influence by the bride and groom, less emphasis will be placed on gender-stereotypical family roles that are increasingly changing worldwide. The interviewee’s Hindu cultural background influences her choice of activities and occupation in terms of applying twenty-first century revolutionary sociocultural breakthroughs in her interpretation of Hindu wedding traditions. The interviewee takes into account how more and more Hindu families in urban India are having marriage proposals made without parental influence. This empowerment of the bride and groom’s beliefs, attitudes, and more importantly, emotions, is the interviewee’s choice of aeronautical engineering, which has been dominated by men for decades.
A similarity between my experience with the interviewee’s description of her important cultural tradition and my Christian wedding ceremony is the modesty when designing and wearing wedding dresses that preserve their privacy. One difference is overemphasis of the role of parental influence in shaping marriage proposals, which would encroach upon the Christian value of self-independence. Since the interviewee is not a supporter of the Hindu traditional element of immense parental influence in composing marriage proposals, no other virtues or values conflict with my culture. As an occupational therapist, my culture my affect my expectations of beliefs from attitudes of employees of different cultural assignations about their own jobs. For example, male nurses from South American or native African landscapes can express a negative attitude towards their jobs because of their cultural gender professional assignation of nursing to women. Researchers Chaffey, Unworthy, and Fossey (2012) have demonstrated that values conflicts interfere with the practice of occupational therapy in the translation of a sample’s behavior, attitude, and beliefs about their work or work conditions. For instance, my culture may lead me to understand the foreign nursing perceptions above as backwards in today’s globalized world, which is why I may need to sharpen my restraint and judgment when making clear therapeutic assessments of such samples. To improve patient care, I can overcome values conflicts by establishing a serious discrepancy between occupational therapy’s philosophical foundation and the patient’s cultural traditions, beliefs, and virtues. Another way is realizing that there will always be mismatches in occupational therapy practice treatments and their meanings to the patients. Based on the class readings, cultural competence is grasping and properly responding to the distinctive mix of cultural variables and the whole array of diversity that the patient’s work and personal familial and cultural backgrounds introduce when they mix (Willard & Schell, 2014). Cultural competence is important for the practice of occupational therapy because it helps better use a client-oriented strategy when handling persons from minority cultures by expanding their cultural understanding and awareness via research and queries.