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#337049 10/10/2021 11:39 PM
by logtroll
The Navajo thread (thank you Mellow) got me to thinking about culture. I have had multiple 'revelations' while interacting with Indian cultures about what, exactly, is MY culture. (Interesting fact - most Native Americans I know are fine with the term "Indian", even though it is an artifact of a massive error of ignorance by European "explorers").

Fact is, I don't feel like I have a culture, at least not one steeped in meaningful traditions or history.

Near as I can describe the essentials of my culture, it would be "consumerism", or Capitalism", or "industrialism".

Can anybody hep a feller out?
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#337070 Oct 11th a 01:41 PM
by Greger
Quote Indian colleagues could easily describe their culture, while I could not describe mine, except in terms of making money.

Most people of color have easily identifiable cultures. And most of those cultures involve being conquered by white men. White men, on the other hand, have only ever been conquered by other white men.

We white Americans left our culture in Europe, traded our religious and tribal cultures for a Middle Eastern variety, and perfected the worship of money. We have no real connection to the land, few blood ties, and we rattle around in our own heads with no real connection to humanity.

Our "culture" is far too young to really be called that because culture requires a connection to the world we live in.

Or perhaps ours is a culture of conquerers with nothing left to conquer.
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#337291 Oct 18th a 03:02 AM
by pondering_it_all
I remember a TV series called The Immigrants, about one Norwegian family's move to Minnesota. Their farm back in Norway had a few inches of topsoil over glacial cobble and bedrock. When they got to Minnesota, the father stuck a rod down into the topsoil and it went down five feet with no rocks. Then he tried a few more places: Same result. He knew they had arrived in Heaven.

The reason I thought of this today, is that I am digging post holes to put chain link around my solar array. Some holes I dig with a water jet in about one minute. Some involve a lot of rocks and cursing. Pandemic result: Chain ink fabric has gone up 250%, and Lowes and Home Depot have zero stock. Fortunately, my good neighbor has some used rolls from a fence he replaced I can get for the hauling!
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