In rereading the great books of the American past, I’ve noticed that the major themes of the books are the same: the need for self-awareness, the power of the individual, the necessity for individual autonomy, the need for individual freedom, and the importance of self-esteem.
That’s a pretty good point, and I think it’s important. Not everyone is going to feel comfortable with the idea of their opinions being held under the same exact scrutiny that is required of all other opinions. I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing either. Because I think that people have a tendency to make a lot of assumptions about how other people think and whether or not they’re being honest or not. And that can be as dangerous as it is helpful.
People often make assumptions about others because of the way they were raised, whether or not they were raised by people with different political views or cultural values. And we also forget that humans can be very judgmental about other people. If we don’t trust someone, we assume they’re going to be less trustworthy. The problem is, the more we think we know someone, the more we assume we can count on them to be straight with us.
I think many people, especially in the west, are overly judgmental about non-western cultures. When we think someone is different, we assume theyre not different. But then we forget that we can also be judgmental. We can be judgemental even if we dont know theyre being judgmental. We can also forget theyre not the only people who think we are judging them.
It’s all too easy to look at other cultures and think that theyre “less” than our own. But there are a lot of cultures who are very much like ours, and that’s a damn shame. I think more than anything, being able to see the cultural landscape is important for critical thinking and creativity.
In today’s society, our ability to judge is often taken for granted. We judge based on things like race, religion, politics, culture, and so on. But there are many cultures who are very much like ours that are as different from us as we are. We can look at cultures and see that they all have different values. It’s not always that their values are the same as ours, but often they are.
In fact, our own society, the United States of America, is made up of a very diverse mix of cultures. Every state, every district, every city, every town, every town, every tribe, every nation, every nation, every family, every clan, and so on is made up of people who are different from each other. But we can understand that there are common values that apply to everyone.
Different cultures also tend to have certain values that are common to them. There are cultural traditions that tend to work really well for a culture that have been passed down through generations, and then there are other cultural traditions that are more unique to that culture. Most cultures have certain values that they tend to share, and in order to understand these values we have to see how they are shared in that culture.
This is one of those cultural values that we as a society have tended to pass down through generations in our culture. So every time someone reads a book or listens to an album, they’re not only learning something new, but they’re also learning about something that’s relatively common to their culture. So rereading our favorite books, listening to our favorite music, or watching our favorite movies can be a great way to learn a new cultural value.
In the case of rereading america, you have to be aware of your own cultural values and their effect on the way you read and think. It’s a little difficult because many of us are not even aware of them. So the best way to do this (and to be able to be open to them) is to read and reread our favorite books, music, and movies.