Philosophy of Travelling: The Family as Carrier of Culture


This study will argue on the critical role of the family in the development of values and culture. Psycho-social development and philosophical writings explain how the primary values are developed early in life, mostly until 12 years old. For the next generation to thrive in times of change, philosophical mindfulness need to be inculcated while still young. Philosophizing opens one’s perspective to diversity of culture and religious plurality. It makes people receptive to dialogues, interaction with other faiths and races, adept to technology, among others. To prepare children for life, families send them to schools and training. This is not enough. To survive and thrive, children need direct experiences in the global community. Philosophizing stems from wondering and exploring truths and ideas. Travelling is the physical wondering, seeking, exploring and verifying for one’s self. When a family travels, a philosophical worldview is introduced to the children. A wider and deeper appreciation of humanity, arts, culture, religions, environment, and history becomes their framework of thinking. Whatever further studies or profession they take on, will be in the context of philosophical open-mindedness. Whatever stories and lessons the family gathers in travelling will naturally pass on to their sphere of influence, children and grandchildren. This way, we view the family as the carrier of culture. Therefore, travelling as a family should be part of the young’s life and education. We will share significant experiences from our travels, abstraction from experiences of other families, and cite documented cases to support our philosophical arguments.

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Juan Rafael Macaranas, De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, The Philippines
Basilisa Macaranas, Housewife, The Philippines

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Conference: ACERP2018
Stream: Philosophy - Philosophy and Culture

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