What is a culture? Aren't all cultures mixed?

Some people are against cultural exchange because it "bastardizes" or "depersonalizes" their native culture, yet all cultures have "foreign" (if we can call them so) elements in them.

For example, the average English, German or French person eats oranges, maize, chocolate, tea and potatoes. None of these foods are native to Europe. They also use the Latin alphabet to write and Arabic numerals to count.

Needless to say is that the lifestyle of someone born in the XX or XXI century is very different from that of a medieval peasant, so the culture has evolved a lot in this sense too.

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  • hace 5 meses
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    Your question is hard to answer. Perhaps that's because cultures have different levels and resolutions. You can watch them from a distance, from nearby, using glasses, using a microscope. The conclusions and feelings about what is a culture will differ.

    And yes, all of them are mixed to some extent, and to be exact, there has never been cultural purity existing in any groups, that had contact to neighboring groups.

    By the way, all of us have a very personal culture in addition which we often prefer to keep secret. If someone tries to change it, maybe even unknowingly, our reaction can be surprisingly harsh. The very fear of a change from outside can mobilise our resistance.

  • Anónimo
    hace 5 meses

    Latin is Native to Europe. Christopher Columbus was Italian 🍕. 

    White people invented the piano, synthesizer, electric guitar, electric bass guitar, harmonica, saxophone and computer (which is used to make hip hop beats and music). Blues has Celtic influences. Jazz has classical influences. The German electronic band Kraftwerk influenced house,techno and hip hop. All "black genres" use instruments invented by white people. The blues was first sung in the English language. Same with all the other popular "black genres". Basketball and football were invented by white people (James Naismith and Walter Camp). Fried chicken is Scottish. Waffles are Belgian. Peanut butter was invented by the Incas. Potato chips were invented by a white Englishman named William Kitchiner. BBQ is taíno food. BBQ sauce was invented by English, French and German Americans. Gumbo is cajun. Cornbread is Native American. Chicken fried chicken is Austrian. Pancakes are Greek. What culture do black people have? Stealing from non-blacks. Pathetic. lol

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