« on: March 08, 2017, 08:09 AM »
One thing I am very bad about on the Net is not letting too much about myself get out and about. That hinders me in some discussions and this would be one of those types of discussions.
But I can state a few things and still sort of hide.
Let me see, I have to think ... since the very early 70s I have lived outside the U.S. of A. for all but a couple of years -- maybe three, if memory serves correctly -- and in the case of two countries those years added up to about 8 years or so in one and about 30 in another. At one time I was determined to never return to this part of the world, but a certain president fella pulled a stunt on a special group he put together and we all ended up being sent back into this area. That president fella got mighty angry at us all, too. After we were informed of the president fella changing our orders so many of us were calling friends to get transferred that he came down to us and chewed us out good and shipped us off anyway.
Anyway, what I find interesting so far in this discussion is how limited in scope it is. You get yourself out and about on this planet and you will find that culture can have a really interesting meaning. And I really mean "really interesting" but I am sort of in a bind because I don't even want to explain about the two countries I have lived in for a long time, nor that other one where I learned to hate a certain race of people. Lucky for me I unlearned that hate business.
And I'll be trusting the admin and mods here not to let out about my User Agent.
But if you folks really want to get into a serious discussion about culture please start thinking about a big round thing with all these weird four-limbed creatures living on it that seem to think they should be called humans. Them weird creatures have a whole lot of interesting ways to go about doing that thing they seem to like to call living. Unfortunately, them life forms that call themselves humans also have some serious hate stored up in their brains that they sometimes use to justify the stamping on cultures they don't like.
And it is when those cultures clash when you really begin to understand what culture means.
Another thing, the "humans" that live in that place called the U.S. of A. really don't know how lucky they are. The "culture" of freedom is something a whole mess of folks all over this planet would love to be allowed to live in. And, more importantly, raise their kids in. That is a culture I would like to see spread all over this big round thing called Earth.
Yep, "culture" is one heck of a subject to discuss, but spread the idea out and away from just the corporate world, or your own country.
By the way, I fully understand that many other countries have fine traditions of a culture of freedom, but I only feel proper in pointing to the country I was born and raised in, even though I know we in the U.S. of A. aren't the sole guardians of freedom. And please don't ever forget that you have to guard freedom. It don't come for free. There's a price to pay. Sometimes your life.
But it is definitely a culture. The culture of freedom. It can't be ignored if you are going to discuss culture. Just like you can't ignore the many, many, so many cultures of all sorts of interesting "humans" that live on this giant ball that is racing around that huge star.
And that reference to the star should then point us to the idea of the culture we haven't met, yet -- the one of the creatures that live on that planet way, way, way over there.