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Wed Dec 17, 2014, 11:53 PM

2. Cultural analogy

Culture is to humanity what water is to fish. If you were a fish, water would be all around you, in you, and you could not imagine living without it, and you would not. If you were a fresh water fish, if you were at all conscious of salt water you might find no use for it. People often feel like that of foreign cultures even if they are generally unconscious of them. Where then can anyone gain the perspective with which to see culture as an object, that is, objectively. We can see culture subjectively if not accurately. We generally see our culture as good and others cultures as bad or less than good. But here consider ones culture as the home team. People do not root for the home team because the home team is the best, or even all that good. People root for the home team not because of what the home team is, or how good they are. People root for the home team because of who they are, and they get that -who they are- in part from the home team.

What we call Civilization the Germans call Culture, What ever it is called it represents knowledge. As knowledge increases, culture changes. Primitive peoples generally have a greater consciousness and sensitivity to culture. It is because they find culture (and morality) more essential to their survival. Higher technology makes for less cultural consciousness even while technology as knowledge is an element of culture, and a deceptive one because it allows people to think they are living as individuals independent of culture. Regardless; culture does not go away simply because people are unconscious of it. When they are unconscious of culture they are very often more inclined to follow cultural demands. More primitive cultures very often feel the need to define themselves as apart from nature and animals. Circumcision, tattooing, scarification, and art generally are self defining actions for communities. Some people have been known to cook their breast milk because they as human beings eat cooked food. Dress and hairstyle are also elements of culture as is language. And these are shibboleths, allowing easy recognition of one own people. But just because all people are in a culture and their culture reflects their level of knowledge and technology, this does not mean they can see their culture in any sense objectively.


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