Can Culture Be Superior?

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Posted: 12 years ago
With some heated discussion going on lately at DM, I would like to have discussion or debate about can any culture be superior? Indians think that Indian culture is rich and way more superior than Western culture. West think that East and middle east suppress lady of their house and abuse them. They consider East being male dominating countries where women are not equal to men. There are lot of general notions we all carry and maybe our environment we were brought up and live is the big factor that is responsible for our belief.

However, question being…..what is culture? Who creates culture? And can any culture be superior to other? If yes, who gets to decide that?


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Posted: 12 years ago
Excellent topic sowmyaa di.... wonderful .. wonderful Clap Clap Clap

I will reply in detail after a while... but short answer is that we tend to make ourselves.. or more precisely our way of living as indespensable.. we take pride in what our ancestors did ... and how generations have gone through changes which made "Culture" rich.

This mentality prevails every where... we see other cultures with our view, not with the view of their native's one. We make judgements based on our perceptions and lifestyle..

V good topic... i will def come later Clap
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Posted: 12 years ago
Nice topic Sowmyaa ji!

I definetly beleive that one culture is relatively comfortable than other culture.Tolerance to other cultures is also part of the culture one adopts!!

Will add my views in detail later.

Cheers,
Mythili
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Posted: 12 years ago

Originally posted by sowmyaa



However, question being…..what is culture?

To me culture is a set of rules that helps a society to function smoothly and facilitates interaction among its members so that all the members are benefitted.

Who creates culture?

People create culture depending on what suits them best at a given time which may change when the priorities in life change. No person can single handedly build a whole culture.

And can any culture be superior to other? If yes, who gets to decide that?

No culture can be called superior or inferior. Every culture has its own unique features which are suitable for its people and works for them. Some customs may appear to be strange, frivolous or immoral to outsiders but that hardly makes the culture inferior. Indians think because their culture is thousands of years old it is superior; Westerns think since they are more successful, their's is superior, but does that really make them superior?? Like every person thinks their mother tongue is the sweetest, similarly every person's culture is the best in his/her view.

 

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Posted: 12 years ago
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Posted: 12 years ago
Culture is just a formal evolution of humans in making the society more structured and meaningful to humans...Culture evolves largely out of faith and somewhat out of thinking...The culture which has evolved with more abstractions and procedures tend to be more superior, since the abstractions make it more binding and sustain better...Cultures with fewer abstractions have people retracting back to the cavemen way of leaving...since there is veri little to profess to..

The important thing here is people have to be there to support that culture otherwise it withers away. So any overpowering numbers can punify healthy cultures...despite their flaws...

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Posted: 12 years ago

Originally posted by qwertyesque



The important thing here is people have to be there to support that culture otherwise it withers away. So any overpowering numbers can punify healthy cultures...despite their flaws...

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 I would say it differently that ppl should support the culture they believe suits them the best...

 The old adage- Grass is always greener on the other side applies here... with Western cultures embracing Yoga, trying to be less materialistic etc etc and Eastern culture doing the opposite..

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