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Old 10-11-2010, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Human No More View Post
The truth is, most people - people in general - are the ones who do all this, the problem with humanity and the ones who cause others to act the same way
Well - I can just keep saying that I was there before. Hating humanity for all the things they do to this planet. That was with me for years, people calling me rightfully a misantroph. But recently I discovered the underlying topic, the thing I did not see before. And that is, that humans are capeable to do so, but are also capable of other things. That it is not human nature that defines how people act, but it is their culture. Humans are inherently cultural beeings. It is what makes us human. The sheer difference in tha many cultures that existed on this planet is vast. And we define ourselves by our culture (or the opposition against it). This goes as far as taste for foods, pain susceptability, color perception,... the influence of culture on people is immense. Most of the things humans do, they do because they are part of some culture. Westerners drive cars, have competitive company jobs and like apple pie and dogs. Other people dont have car, work for their community in cooperation but may find apple pie to burn in the mouth for all the sugar and hate dogs. It is all a matter of the culture a person is embedded in.
You can even see a difference between the US and EU in respect for taste (cheese for example or pork meat) or violent behaviour (crime rates, numbers of prisoners, shootings).

Thanks for the link to the letter. And indeed nice to see some people picked up on the topic and brought it to their classrooms (just dont forget the more local disasters also, like the mountain top removal, tar sands mining and hydraulic fracturing)
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"Humans are storytellers. These stories then can become our reality. Only when we loose ourselves in the stories they have the power to control us. Our culture got lost in the wrong story, a story of death and defeat, of opression and control, of separation and competition. We need a new story!"
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