Cultural Differentiation

The Ancient Chinese and Greeks said there is a continuation of the natural world into the cultural and social world. I add that much of this continuation is from transgenerational inheritance. If the Chinese and Greeks are correct about such a continuation I ask, “Why do norms differ to such a degree from culture to culture?” Fernandez-Armesto asked, “Why have human societies grown different from each other?” (2004) He will go on and argue that cultures differ because of interpretation. That is, cultural interpretation of natural phenomena and  of transgenerational inheritance makes for this cultural differentiation. How much does any given society coincide with the natural order of things? Or, how does a culture’s norms, traditions, ways of life comply with Nature’s ways? In order to answer these two questions a culture needs to be individually studied to make this determination. I suggest that part of a culture’s interpretation will define how a person’s instinctive motivational needs are met or not met. French philosopher and political theorist Jean Rousseau felt that cultures have corrupted Nature. However, I maintain that no matter what interpretation various cultures make of the natural order of things, there is always a universal natural root humanity related to Perennial Wisdom and the Natural Moral Code that is found in all cultures and societies.  In a previous post, I discussed how various cultures interpret our inherited Natural Moral Code. This natural core rooted humanity is expressed at some level in all cultures and is expressed in each one of us. The distinctiveness and the uniqueness of a culture revolves around a process of cultural transmission that I discuss in posts to come, and involves  —>  socialization, imprintation, memetics, and ethnocentrism.

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