“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
I injected this quote for the sole reason of discussing whether religion is absent or fundamental to creating popular culture movements. For instance in the 1960’s people explored the notion of ‘free love’ and ‘free thinking’ were these movements indicative of a religion or were they shaped by some intangible force, or were they in themselves a religion to the people who followed them. The answer is yes, of course religion influences the changes and movements in popular culture, it is one of the most significant tools of influence in the world. It shapes our attitudes, our values and our beliefs and that is essentially what lays at the foundations of popular culture, it is the fundamental concept of conformity. Conformity influences popularity and popularity affects what is accepted culturally by a society.