The game of cultural differences....?

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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:25 PM
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Lets play a game. It's called Cultural Diversity. This is something I was introduced to in this morning's anthropology course. It was fun in an odd sort of way.

There are just a couple ground rules. Your answers cannot be based on biologics. That is, physical requirement or need to sustain life and/or mental health. (Food or Companionship in general terms doesn't work). Answers can be anything that is within discretion of human beings and not a forced need of life.

So what are we looking at? Well this is so simple, many will jump up to answer....before realizing it isn't simple.

Question

Name one universal cultral value or standard. That's it. That's all you have to do.

Just one is what is needed, although more are welcome for tries. One would be good though. Universal means every culture, in general, agrees with it as a standard and/or value. (Let's say you cite the eating of Chocolate. Okay, There can be no culture who opposes or has opposed it. All must acknowledge it, for that to be universal. Obviously that wouldn't work as some haven't even heard of it.)

Now I'm at a bit of an advantage in that I saw how this plays out and what the ultimate answer is. Others here have played this out too, at some point, and if so, please don't ruin the ending. It's one of those I would never have believed...had it not come this way to see.

Good Luck to all who choose to try. Remember.. just one value that all cultures universally share.


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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:30 PM
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Existing.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:38 PM
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A collection of ground rules for the culture. Things like a taboo on incest, on killing of members, on theft from members.

All cultures have ground rules the members are expecfted to know and abide by.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:41 PM
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Sorry just read OP properly! Duh
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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:42 PM
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Never played this game, but upon thinking about the question and the rules........

There is no answer! We are all different. Even if you belong to a certain culture, everyone thinks differently and depending on our life experiences, we might have one thing in common with many, but another idea, or belief might throw you so out of sync, with your "tribe" that they just might exclude you.

So I guess in short, the only thing we have in common, culturally speaking, is that we are all individuals?? But dammit, would that fall into biological? Hell, I am stumped......guess I will have to follow along to get the answer

Interesting exercise Wrabbit!

Hmmmmmm, could it be that the answer is so simple that as humans we think entirely too much? Kinda like why magicians hate to perform in front of children, because they have no expectations, thus they can see what you don't want them too??
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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:42 PM
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Yes.. All cultures have rules. All groups of any living beings have rules as it's been fascinating to watch in class with groups/tribes of animals. Primates in particular are extremely advanced vs. what the media and movies portray. They actually have multi-year wars in some cases.. Still...

What rule, if any, is a universl cultural value/or standard shared..if any? You mention incest... That is one that came up in class, among others. Not universal though.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:43 PM
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Provide Shelter for protection against predators and adverse weather conditions.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:44 PM
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Ah sheesh, Wrabbit, This is asking for some thought here. However off the top of my head I would say funerals, cemeteries, burying/cremating the dead
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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:46 PM
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Would it be Love?
That is one constant that all people feel or strive for.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:46 PM
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Sharing.

The root of all cultures.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:49 PM
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Ok I'll try again - the need for leadership in either physical or spiritual form



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:50 PM
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Hmm... I tried to explain the same way the instructor did but I think I got it off somewhere important.

Companionship, love, shelter, food...are all by nature, universal because without them a person dies. Not so in the first case, but in plenty of studies to children in institutional settings, the lack of companionship to imposed isolation has clear and negative mental health impact, so apparently that's classed that way too.

Incest is one example to go with because it was among the first mentioned. I figured it was a bit shaky, but hadn't expected how shaky. As a cultural thing, it's semantics. What is incest? In the U.S., we have laws about 1st cousin marriage, for instance. In many places for arranged marriage, it's common to have 1st cousins marry.

I suggested Patricide or killing either parent...to learn some cultures have and still do forsake the elderly...although they don't see it that way.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:00 PM
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Food



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:03 PM
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Respect for elderly.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:11 PM
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Ok, that makes sense.
I would have to go with control then. A populous and an individual may be controlled in a multitude of ways positive or negative.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:12 PM
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OK, since you have mentioned universal cultural shared value, and it can't be anything that is necessary to sustain life, I'll go with Communication.

We all have a singular and group need to talk to each other.

Or am I still



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:20 PM
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Humans are social beings... we need to be part of the group like ATS



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 02:25 PM
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Grief and loss, are universal and recognizable across cultures. Not sure I understand the contest, I tried. Also the appreciation of beauty. Even primitive societies decorate themselves or their possessions, homes. We seem as humans to desire beauty in our lives.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 03:13 PM
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Theft. In what culture is it acceptable to steal from your neighbor(your neighbor being part of your group)?

Murder, for the sake of murder. I don't mean capitol punishment or killing as a right of passage. Just killing someone because you want to.

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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 03:19 PM
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subjugation.


Its needed in all viable cultures.
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