On Mon, Nov 17, 2008 at 12:44 PM, Rex May <[log in to unmask]>
Exactly so, Jens. If all cultures are equal, then how can you possibly improve any of them?
If you did, then it would be superior to all the others. If you mean that all cultures are
potentially equal, that's another thing entirely.
To a point I can agree with you. Certainly not equal, but I'm not sure this necessarily means better or worse. I think that just because culture A has more bad points than culture B, it does not necessarily mean that culture B can't learn anything from culture A. The culture of the US might be superior in some ways to some less technologically advanced one, but Americans might learn something from the many other cultures in the world where you can scold other people's children without worrying about being sued for psychological damage or something like that.
What I'm getting at, is that the sentiment that cultures are equal is absurd on the face of it,
and if it is meant that human beings en masse have equal potential, that's what should be