Originally Posted by Greger
American "culture" is not just about money and greed. Hatred also plays an enormous role.
It just hit me that the word “culture” carries an implicit homogeneity. A culture is a large group of people who share beliefs and preferences - not just religion, but ethics, food, philosophy, lifestyle, etc. Cultures involve social responsibility and conformity - socialism.

The famous melting pot of “America” has not actually melted into a new culture, however. In spite of the high-minded words like “all men created equal”, and a conceited notion that opportunity exists for all (who have the gumption to compete and dominate the competition), the reality is that our dysfunctional cultural aspiration is anarchy - as seen clearly these days, “Nobody can tell ME what to do!” Fierce independence. Yet nobody is actually capable of true independence, nor would anybody want it if they had it. It’s a narcissistic delusion. That also explains the cult of Trump.

Money, greed, and hatred are natural expressions of such a culture (or more accurately, non-culture).


You never change things by fighting the existing reality.
To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.
R. Buckminster Fuller