Re: Some cultures are better than others ? True, False, Impossible to answer conclusi
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.
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 ?
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.
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?
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.
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 ?
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.
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?
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
Are there no wife beatings in your own culture ? or do they not affect the rating or position of your culture ?
I'd hope that all cultures are TRYING to improve and yeah it would be a step in the right direction.
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?
No, but you certainly can pick out the problem areas.
Can you judge an entire culture on one element of behavior ?
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.
Are you judging as a culture a country, a religion, a region, a sect, an individual?
"Drown in a vat of whiskey.....death where is thy sting?" - W.C. Fields.