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.
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.