🌟 What Is Our Culture? 🌟 Open Thread

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Simple Definition of culture

  • : the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time

  • : a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.

  • : a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization (such as a business)

I was raised in a culture that is far removed from the one I see today. Like most older people I like my culture better than I like this one. It isn’t just the music or the technology or the pace it’s a “feel’ that we grew up with and feels comfortable. I think that my culture had standards and at least a perception of decency that most of us tried to follow. This one? Not very much.

A culture that has female role models like Lena Dunham and Beyoncé is quite beyond my understanding. A First Lady that would allow her daughters to be exposed to the vile language of popular rappers seems repugnant to me.

I’m not overly sensitive so while I am not shocked by the culture I am often disgusted. Offended? Sometimes. However being a realist I don’t expect the culture to change to suit me. I don’t run, toddle or scurry to a “safe” place.

I’m not dismayed by the young people that insist on showing us more of their bodies than most of us care to see.  I’m more disgusted by the old men who are hooked on Viagra and the older women who show us more cellulite and wrinkles than should be legal.

Part of the culture is made up of those that fight the aging battle on a daily basis. Some do manage to stay thin and with a little help from the plastic surgeon look younger than their years. It’s a battle they cannot win and one  not worth fighting. IMO

The outer shell is valued and pampered and is a work in progress while what’s in the heart and in between the ears is ignored. Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most foolish one of all?

Madonna is one of the older, scrawny exhibitionist, celebutards. Now she has proved once again that she’s a pig. Hopefully this kind of thing is not something parents want their daughters to emulate.

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What woman with any pretense to decency, self-respect or integrity says such a thing? What is wrong with her? How sad that young women have a younger version of this old skank to emulate in “Lady” Ga-Ga. It’s a part of the culture I abhor. Many of these woman rant about how men objectify women. Every culture has if’s hypocrites and this one is no different.

Is it the result of the Twitter and the FaceBook and Snapchat? Is it the constant application of a cell phone to the side of the head? Is it the dancing thumbs across tiny keyboards to text that makes this culture so shallow so often?

One post on Twitter can cause a million responses of outrage over something that never happened. This generation has access to more information than any generation that came before. They certainly don’t take advantage of it. I see too much chat and not enough knowledge. That too is part of this culture.

Another thing that’s apparent about this culture is the lack of outrage over dishonesty. Has dishonesty become so endemic to the culture that it’s a given and forgiven? Or worse yet, just ignored? What kind of a world can you build for the future when people don’t care about the truth?

What kind of a world is it when evil is acceptable and good is disdained? Or when a good portion of the population can’t seem to tell the difference? Or when a truth is some snippet from Twitter?

What kind of culture can you build for the future when a large portion of the youth that will build it have little or no knowledge of the past? What kind of a culture venerates thugs like Che Guevara, shown by their willingness to wear his image on their tee-shirts, and disdain George Washington because he owned slaves?

What kind of a culture do you build when college students cannot tell you what we celebrate on the 4th of July? Or tell you it’s something about the war we fought with Canada. These aren’t kindergarteners folks, these are young people that have graduated through 12 years of our education system. A system ruthlessly destroyed for political power.

 I grew up in an era where there was no PC. There were no “free speech areas because it was a given that the entire country was a free speech area. You didn’t have to like what was said but you did have to acknowledge someone’s right to say it.

Now you can’t say something if it offends someone else. One offended fool can destroy the rights of hundreds or thousands of others to speak. Does that sound like a culture you want to live in? It sounds like a dictatorship to me.

The PC police are everywhere. The “offended” are everywhere. The ignorant are everywhere. It is our culture. It doesn’t have to remain our culture. It can change. It can change if enough good, smart, informed people have the will and the courage to change it.

If not we will live with the likes of BLM, and Sarah Silverman, Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. If we do nothing, if we say nothing then we get the culture we deserve. That’s the worst thought of all.

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36 Responses to “🌟 What Is Our Culture? 🌟 Open Thread”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2016/10/how_convicted_criminal_james_okeefe_came_to_be_discredited_.html

    how convicted criminal james o’keefe came to be discredited

    journalist attacked by stenographers

  2. helenk3 Says:

    when I worked in Penn Station, Madonna was having a concert at Madison Square Garden. She was in her happy hooker dress mode. So all the teenagers came dressed like happy hookers to be like Madonna.
    later she had kids and declared that her kids would not be exposed to the happy hooker idea, that she had exposed other kids to

    never forgot the that

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I never “liked” her or her music so I paid little attention to her other than to notice she dressed like a hooker. Not surprised at the hypocrisy. Hollywood and Celebutards like to pretend to be appalled at the culture they are a part of. Like Matt Damon pretending to be so concerned about guns and violence while being the star of one of the most violent of movie series around. Bourne Legacy Matt you hypocrite?

      • piper Says:

        Agree – also Damon lives in gated communities with armed security and walks around with armed security. I don’t see a bit of hypocrisy there at all /snarc

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Great post, Marge. I am often struck by the lack of manners and decorum so prevalent in our culture now, along with the “win at all costs” mentality. People don’t care now if someone cheats to win, whether at politics or sports or business. Having integrity and being ethical is so old-school now, apparently. Not everywhere, of course – but in far more arenas than it should be.

    I’m not a prude or anything, but as someone who marched for women to be taken seriously, to not just be seen as sex objects to see how young women (and Madonna) act today is mind-blowing. Seems I wasted my time back in the day…

    Great post!

  4. helenk3 Says:

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/2016/oct/24/from-porkies-to-whoppers-over-time-lies-may-desensitise-brain-to-dishonesty

    this explains a lot

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I think this has a lot of validity. If you accept things little by little you become “used” to them. And soon they are just accepted as business as usual. Sad that.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I think that has a lot of validity, too. I think people have started to just accept lies and deception. That so many are willing to do so, along with the “win at all cost” mentality is a sigh of where we are these days in terms of morality and what is acceptable…

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Walter E. Williams: Dumb American Youth

    Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students? The answer is that they, like so many other young people who think they know it all, are really uninformed and ignorant.

    You say, “Williams, how dare you say that?! We’ve mortgaged our home to send our children to college.”

    Let’s start with the 2006 geographic literacy survey of youngsters between 18 and 24 years of age by National Geographic and Roper Public Affairs.

    Less than half could identify New York and Ohio on a U.S. map. Sixty percent could not find Iraq or Saudi Arabia on a map of the Middle East, and three-quarters could not find Iran or Israel. In fact, 44 percent could not locate even one of those four countries. Youngsters who had taken a geography class didn’t fare much better.

    By the way, when I attended elementary school, during the 1940s, we were given blank U.S. maps, and our assignment was to write in the states. Today such an assignment might be deemed oppressive, if not racist.

    http://townhall.com/columnists/walterewilliams/2016/10/26/dumb-american-youth-n2236346

    I was in grammar school in the 50s and I remember those maps. I also remember having to be able to fill in the states and their capitals by 8th grade.

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    Here’s the ammo, will Trump have the brains to use it or will he continue to attack Republicans.

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

    Biden: I’ve Never Criticized The Tea Party, Just Those Times I Said They Were Crazy And Acted Like Terrorists

    Vice President Joe Biden was stricken with amnesia during his interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last night when he said that he never criticized the Tea Party.

    “You never heard me criticize the Tea Party,” said Biden. “And the reason I didn’t is there’s a lot of people who are scared and beat up and what happens—they lost a lot in what happened during the Bush administration,” he added.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2016/10/26/biden-ive-never-criticized-the-tea-party-just-those-times-i-said-they-were-crazy-and-acted-like-terrorists-n2237099

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    What kind of a culture do we have? The kind that gives health care and other benefits to illegal immigrants and asks Vets to give back bonuses that government screwed up.

  9. helenk3 Says:

    http://theresurgent.com/evan-mcmullins-strategy-has-worked-before/?utm_content=buffer9d9b3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

    wouldn’t this be a kick in the head

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I would love to see this happen. If nothing else it would show people that even someone with no name recognition and little money can upset the RNC and DNC and Media Monster applecart.

    • piper Says:

      I voted today – a hodgepodge according to some – a write-in, a Republican, a Democrat and several unfilled circles.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I’d love to see this happen, too. Thanks for this, Helen!

      And piper – yay for you voting and following your convictions. That is a good thing indeed!

  10. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2016/10/the-improbable-bobby-vee.php

    a little bit of musical history.
    a sad loss

  11. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pentagon-guard-bonus-repay/2016/10/26/id/755406/

    this is a good thing

  12. piper Says:

    In honor of all those ‘reality’ pics of hollyweirds and celebutands, Maxine’s revenge.

  13. kenoshamarge Says:

    Ben Shapiro: Gingrich attacks Kelly, Trump attacks Ryan – This isn’t about beating Hillary – It’s a scam.

    The gender gap is killing Republicans. So naturally, Trump surrogates are accusing the most popular female news host in the country of being obsessed with sex. That’s the same host Trump accused of asking him tough questions about women because she was on her period. Genius.

    But the goal of this campaign is not to win. It hasn’t been for quite a while. It’s to generate a civil war post-election between Trump and everyone else, in order to keep Trump’s brand alive and in order to capitalize off that civil war. Trump has now cancelled all high-dollar fundraisers, undercutting the GOP efforts to hold the Senate. Trump has no ground game, so that means he’s also undercutting the only organization dedicated to getting out the vote for him. But there’s good news: he’s spending time today opening his new hotel in Washington, D.C.

    http://www.dailywire.com/news/10225/gingrich-attacks-kelly-trump-attacks-ryan-isnt-ben-shapiro

    Looks like Ben Shapiro agrees with you Helen.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Well, if the GOP is surprised by this, they have ONLY themselves to blame. I mean, really – Trump made it clear from the get-go that he would cut and run whenever he damn well pleased, that he was ONLY in it for himself, and that he would punish anyone or anything that he felt was getting in his way or not showing the proper adoration.

      Yep. They can all look in the mirror for whose to blame for this.

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Well, here is some very good news for a change: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/302854-pentagon-chief-suspends-national-guard-bonus-claw-backs

  15. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    The UN is at it again with another absurd resolution that denies both history and religion when it comes to Israel: https://worldisraelnews.com/un-adopts-another-anti-semitic-resolution

  16. helenk3 Says:

  17. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/10/27/for_democrats_defeating_donald_trump_isnt_enough_132174.html

    does this sound like my thoughts the the donald was put there to cause chaos in the republican party?

  18. helenk3 Says:

    https://pjmedia.com/diaryofamadvoter/2016/10/26/term-limits-for-the-media/?singlepage=true

    terms limits for the media. sounds good to me

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