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    Default Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusively

    So a grown up discussion on an idea that has gained some traction recently, but will be very familiar to students of philosophy. It is an assertion that deserves to be considered in depth and not just dismissed or agreed upon as a fact without doing so. Maybe you think it is an impossible conundrum with too many factors to ever arrive at an answer.Before we start, personally I don't think we will ever come up with a definitive answer, when consensus on what defines a culture is such a huge , old and contested problem, but it is still useful to consider the assertion and try and see exactly why people think it to be true..or not
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    There is an option to give more than one answer in case posts in the thread sway you one way or the other. If a thread can never change your opinion then there seems little point discussing anything, but I have learned new things this way before and am not opposed to changing if somebody can present a convincing argument.
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Since I have been invited here I will be happy to participate and I have selected 'yes' some cultures ARE in fact better than others.


    Mores and folkways vary from region to region even within countries and they help create a culture of a geopolitical area. Through time some mores and folkways disappear, some reappear, some go away forever. These mores and folkways are the unwritten rules and manners which guide our individual and group interactions and it is my belief that some cultures have grown better than other cultures.

    For example: https://twitter.com/ajplus/status/846402706331713536


    That is a social more, a norm apparently in Algeria which I vehemently disagree with and find sickening.....but hey, maybe I'm being judgey


    ....and just because this post is in the 'Off Topic' board I went ahead and did NOT mention/link to a video of: widow burning, female genital mutilation, stoning to death for adultery, or throwing alleged gay people off of rooftops. But those are also things I find repugnant....no culture is absolutely perfect but YES A MILLION TIMES YES some cultures are indeed better than others.
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Actually you did mention widow burning, female genital mutilation, stoning to death for adultery, or throwing alleged gay people off of rooftops, so there is no need to link to a video of such atrocities, that in itself would surely be unnecessary, and a poor reflection on whichever culture it is you are supposedly part of or representing ?


    So am i right in believing that you are using a video clip from a twitter feed to extrapolate a judgment on an entire culture ? Is that everybody within the Algerian border ? Or the society in which they live?


    On what are you basing your judgement? Do you take as a given, the fact that your own culture is superior to all others and so you are best placed to judge others? Is there a league of cultures with some at the top and others below and if so where is your culture? Can you even objectively judge your own culture ?

    Is your own culture Judeo/Christian or Secular? Does your own countries experiences with France and Algerias have any bearing on your judgment of Algerian culture ? Have you even been there or talked to Algerians or are you basing all of this on one clip and some googling?


    Are there no wife beatings in your own culture ? or do they not affect the rating or position of your culture ?

    Does the fact that Algeria has passed a law against domestic violence and sexual harassment in 2016 represent a real chance of it moving up the league table and having a chance to compete against your own culture?


    Can you judge an entire culture on one element of behavior ?

    Are you judging as a culture a country, a religion, a region, a sect, an individual?

    Do you consider feminism and women's right as worse than cancer or a case in point to prove one culture as superior to another ?

    when you talk about Algeria are you talking about Phonecian culture? Roman Culture? French Culture? or are all of these completely distinct and different from Algerian culture?


    Are you actually taking about Algerian culture?

    Are those within Algeria who find the same things as you repugnant to be dismissed as not being Algerian because they do not fit into your description?


    Can you seriously suggest that cultures themselves are quantifiable and if so who can really stand objectively outside of their own culture and do so ?


    Would you consider the hundreds of thousands of Algerians killed by the French as an acceptable price to pay in order to better their culture?

    Is that price still worth paying if they refuse to convert?


    Are the freedoms of your own culture worth so much that they should be imposed on any other culture whatever the cost and even if they do not want them?
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Morality itself is culturally defined so if you believe that some cultures are better than others what is the arbiter that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that your own culture's morality is the perfect absolute by which all others should be judged ?
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Yes of course.

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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi




    Actually you did mention widow burning, female genital mutilation, stoning to death for adultery, or throwing alleged gay people off of rooftops, so there is no need to link to a video of such atrocities, that in itself would surely be unnecessary, and a poor reflection on whichever culture it is you are supposedly part of or representing ?
    Yes I MENTIONED them which is quite a bit different than SHOWING THEM TO YOU...some people are visual learners, some people don't believe that those things actually occur. Some people are extremely hard headed and won't fucking believe me if I just MENTION them. Those are examples from cultures around the world, widow burning/Sati happens in Hindu populations (the Gangetic Valley, Punjab and Rajasthan; in the west, to the southern Konkan region; and in the south, to Madurai and Vijayanagar), FGM happens in many nations in Africa, stoning happens in the Middle East still to this very day, throwing gays from the rooftops happens in the Middle East to this day and in Saudi Arabia sometimes gays are just beheaded with a sword....and HOPEFULLY most people look on those acts with contempt.

    So am i right in believing that you are using a video clip from a twitter feed to extrapolate a judgment on an entire culture ? Is that everybody within the Algerian border ? Or the society in which they live?
    The Twitter feed is Al Jazeera's AJ+ channel, they are a Qatar based media outlet and is therefore much more friendly to Islamic practicing nations/people. Spousal abuse is QUESTIONED by them, it's not spoken ill of, the practice is just QUESTIONED....over here in the United States if you beat your wife she can (and fucking should) have you arrested. That is not only a social norm, that's an actual LAW here and my friend that is a gigantic difference. If you hit an animal in the United States you can go to jail! Big difference in cultures man, HUGE in terms of how much violence is socially acceptable.


    On what are you basing your judgement? Do you take as a given, the fact that your own culture is superior to all others and so you are best placed to judge others? Is there a league of cultures with some at the top and others below and if so where is your culture? Can you even objectively judge your own culture ?
    Well I guess MY own personal criteria of judgement would be some variation of Humanism but one that is open to and respects the religious rights of others. Like I understand certain cultures have "rights of passage" for boys growing to men, girls growing to women, and as long as those rituals are not creating sociopaths or forcing a culture on unwilling participants I'm fine with them. I don't judge my culture as the absolute greatest, I certainly view it as more humane than others though. I can certainly objectively judge American culture, there are some points which I think aren't too good, you can look at the way American veterans are treated (or not) by hospitals, gang violence, drug problems, past issues of slavery/segregation, Urban Renewal/creating dependence on the government, abortion, there's certainly no lack of moral issues in the United States or in the West but a lot of those issues can be put under the hashtag of #firstworldproblems. I've said before and I stand by it NO CULTURE IS PERFECT...but some ARE better than others.


    Is your own culture Judeo/Christian or Secular? Does your own countries experiences with France and Algerias have any bearing on your judgment of Algerian culture ? Have you even been there or talked to Algerians or are you basing all of this on one clip and some googling?
    I consider myself Christian but I do not force my belief in deity on anyone that is between them and God and it is my belief that everyone must find their own path to enlightenment. France helped the United States in our Revolutionary War and we are good allies, Algeria on the other hand held our sailors for ransom and enslaved them in the 18th century but we eventually reached a truce and eventually became friendly. This was difficult during the Colonial Period when Algeria fought France for Independence as we were caught between the two. Algeria then started to not like us because of the Arab-Israeli War because we sided with Israel....it's a long complicated thing which has damn near nothing to do with spousal abuse.


    Are there no wife beatings in your own culture ? or do they not affect the rating or position of your culture ?
    Wife beating is frowned upon in the United States...and it's illegal. Did it USED to be a problem, yeah sure, and to a far lesser extent sure there is still SOME spousal abuse happening now, but I'd like to believe that with the options available to women it's a lot less likely you'll be walloped by your husband in the US than in Tunisia where women apparently still accept it with a smile on their face.....did you not find that the slightest bit odd

    Does the fact that Algeria has passed a law against domestic violence and sexual harassment in 2016 represent a real chance of it moving up the league table and having a chance to compete against your own culture?
    I'd hope that all cultures are TRYING to improve and yeah it would be a step in the right direction.

    Can you judge an entire culture on one element of behavior ?
    No, but you certainly can pick out the problem areas.

    Are you judging as a culture a country, a religion, a region, a sect, an individual?
    Culture - Culture consists of the beliefs, behaviors, objects, and other characteristics common to the members of a particular group or society. Through culture, people and groups define themselves, conform to society's shared values, and contribute to society. If that helps, that is what I'm looking at.
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Do you consider feminism and women's right as worse than cancer or a case in point to prove one culture as superior to another ?
    I think Feminism and Women's Rights have been co-opted by Cultural Marxists who wish to impose a different set of norms and values on American society. I believe the whole "Feminism is cancer" battle cry is an ironic bit of hyperbole (it's ironic because they tend to be hyperbolic and so when it's used against them boom irony).

    when you talk about Algeria are you talking about Phonecian culture? Roman Culture? French Culture? or are all of these completely distinct and different from Algerian culture?
    Are you actually taking about Algerian culture?
    That clip....Islam....I'm talking about Islamic culture it's in the Quran "Men have authority over women by [right of] what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband's] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance - [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand" An-Nisa 34


    Are those within Algeria who find the same things as you repugnant to be dismissed as not being Algerian because they do not fit into your description?
    Cultures are not 100% geopolitical my friend...you should know what with being in England and all...Irish, Scottish, Welsh, hell even your north and south are a bit different.

    Can you seriously suggest that cultures themselves are quantifiable and if so who can really stand objectively outside of their own culture and do so ?
    Alright, explain to me when it would acceptable to beat your wife. If you can, then bravo to you for proving me wrong.

    Would you consider the hundreds of thousands of Algerians killed by the French as an acceptable price to pay in order to better their culture?
    Only the Algerians died then?

    Is that price still worth paying if they refuse to convert?
    ....so ONLY the Algerians died


    Are the freedoms of your own culture worth so much that they should be imposed on any other culture whatever the cost and even if they do not want them?
    Nope, never said that, you have it quite the wrong way around. Why should THAT culture be accepted in America? Do we need to go back to the days of good old wife beating ?
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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    I always get a kick out of someone trying to pigeon hole an entire 'culture' or boil it down to some headlines. It's a subject and definition that can very well end up like p4p subjectivity and sheer clusterfukery. It blurs into ethnicity and Nationality but can be much more about simply being a product of environment and immediate surroundings. Country or State wide etc. Just on massive numbers and global diversity, yes some are clearly 'better'. I don't eat people AND I drive on the sane side of the road so I by comparison am one awesome motherfucker .

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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    I always get a kick out of someone trying to pigeon hole an entire 'culture' or boil it down to some headlines. It's a subject and definition that can very well end up like p4p subjectivity and sheer clusterfukery. It blurs into ethnicity and Nationality but can be much more about simply being a product of environment and immediate surroundings. Country or State wide etc. Just on massive numbers and global diversity, yes some are clearly 'better'. I don't eat people AND I drive on the sane side of the road so I by comparison am one awesome motherfucker .
    I'm glad you now reside in England Randy and drive on the sane side of the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Yes of course.
    No need for an essay mate you could be a little more succinct
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beanz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Yes of course.
    No need for an essay mate you could be a little more succinct
    I said it out loud and punched the air so I need say no more

    Beanz in all the excitement in my answer to your question , my Monicle fell into my brandy dam !!!!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    I always get a kick out of someone trying to pigeon hole an entire 'culture' or boil it down to some headlines. It's a subject and definition that can very well end up like p4p subjectivity and sheer clusterfukery. It blurs into ethnicity and Nationality but can be much more about simply being a product of environment and immediate surroundings. Country or State wide etc. Just on massive numbers and global diversity, yes some are clearly 'better'. I don't eat people AND I drive on the sane side of the road so I by comparison am one awesome motherfucker .
    I'm glad you now reside in England Randy and drive on the sane side of the road.
    Savages! The lot of ya . England when be a trip. I may get there before my cards pulled but the roads would be a complete mess. I've seen your "traditional" breakfast though, so I'm in!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Lord Al View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    I always get a kick out of someone trying to pigeon hole an entire 'culture' or boil it down to some headlines. It's a subject and definition that can very well end up like p4p subjectivity and sheer clusterfukery. It blurs into ethnicity and Nationality but can be much more about simply being a product of environment and immediate surroundings. Country or State wide etc. Just on massive numbers and global diversity, yes some are clearly 'better'. I don't eat people AND I drive on the sane side of the road so I by comparison am one awesome motherfucker .
    I'm glad you now reside in England Randy and drive on the sane side of the road.
    Savages! The lot of ya . England when be a trip. I may get there before my cards pulled but the roads would be a complete mess. I've seen your "traditional" breakfast though, so I'm in!

    Yes the good old English Breakfast is good , however I must warn you , you do not get a whole hog and seven dozen eggs as with an American Breakfast.

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    Default Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi

    Quote Originally Posted by Spicoli View Post
    I always get a kick out of someone trying to pigeon hole an entire 'culture' or boil it down to some headlines. It's a subject and definition that can very well end up like p4p subjectivity and sheer clusterfukery. It blurs into ethnicity and Nationality but can be much more about simply being a product of environment and immediate surroundings. Country or State wide etc. Just on massive numbers and global diversity, yes some are clearly 'better'. I don't eat people AND I drive on the sane side of the road so I by comparison am one awesome motherfucker .
    So there's cultural relevance and overall goodness that can come from wife beating? Do tell!
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