It is very difficult to define culture.Different people have of different view of culture and their views differ so sharply that instead of clarifying they tend to confuse and mislead.therefore,instead of wasting time in fruitless efforts to define culture,it would be well if we proceed to consider the various qualities of head and heart which distinguish the cultured man.In the other words let us try to answer the question,who are really cultured man is.
A cultured man is one who has a friendly approach,understanding approach to life and its problem.It is said that a cultured person has the capacity to understand the point of view of the others and also to make himself understood by others. He is kind and concentrate to all without distinction,but is especially careful of the weak and suffering and avoids doing or saying anything which may hurt their feelings.In short,a cultured man has tact enough to turn any occasion of friction and quarrel into one of cooperation and friendship.As a result of this friendly and sympathetic approach he is at good terms with all.All are his friends none is his enemy.
A truly cultured man is one ” who lives in contact with the best that have been said and thought in the world”.He is educated in the true sense of the world.He reads and rereads the best that has been written not only in his own mother tongue but also in other languages. And what is still more important,he ponders lang and deep over what he reads.He tries to examine critically the view that a particular writer has expressed,and if he agrees those views he tries to act upon them,in this way a study transforms his thoughts his action.
As a result of his study,he acquires serious depth and moderation of judgement the sign of real culture.He loves learning for its own sake because it enables him to correct his own errors and by own examples,those of others as well.His study makes him nobler,better and more refined.
As a cultured man passes most of his time in contact with the noblest that has ever been written,he is entirely unselfish and honest in his dealings. Service of fellowman is his ideal of life . He does his best to extend his own opportunities to others to make the path of others easy and smooth. His greatest pleasure is to remove hindrances and obstruction from the way of others. He knows that virtue is its own reward and that a good turn done to others carries with it,its own satisfaction.As a result he is always happy,contented and at peace with himself.He serves his fellowman not because of any other motives,but because service gives him pleasure.
He doesn’t expect anything in return.Besides this, he serves all without distinction.Just as the sun shines upon all and makes no distinction of good and evil,so also a cultured man is kind and loving to all.Thus,a cultured man is noble, kind and selfish in short,his perfect gentleman.Such as his rarely met with in real life.