There are only so many decisions you can make in isolation. Without other people’s input, your perspective is limited and restrained.
Socially speaking, something magical occurs when you add three or more people to an individual: A culture is formed. A hierarchy of thought, of expected behavior, etc.
Because HOW we interconnect completely affects the results of our coming together. In one social group, the loudest, most obnoxious individual sets the tone for the whole. People want to avoid criticism and rejection, so they pander to the loudmouth. The person who does not defer sets most of the cultural guidelines.
It’s the same with someone benevolent or charitable or kind. Culture is important because it is both the atmosphere in which we live but also the historical account of where we’ve been and the prediction of where we are headed.
Culture has been defined as:
According to Wikipedia, “Culture is a word for the ‘way of life’ of groups of people, meaning the way they do things. … An integrated pattern of human knowledge, belief, and behavior. The outlook, attitudes, values, morals, goals, and customs shared by a society.”
Our commonality determines our identity. Whatever we share is a type of behavioral glue that is rarely undone. Culture speaks to who we are, both the limitations and the liberties.
There are 7 mountains of culture. In essence, our culture will be fashioned and altered by the influence of the people at the top of each mountain:
Along with Health, Science, and Technology, these are the most critical sectors of American civilization. Our infrastructure, if you will.
Whoever leads the conversations leads our direction.
Whoever leads the direction of our culture determines our norms. Whoever determines our norms determines what you and I think is possible and what is impossible. We make decisions based on that foundation. And our decisions shape our future.
So why bring a culture blog back to life?
Because the conversation is already happening. And we have an obligation to be a voice in the discussion that shapes our future.