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Should there be any push for a culture to change one of its views? SQ: When does a culture lose its uniqueness, if changing its views?

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This came up when I heard on the radio that when Obama was talking to some prime minister or something about gay marriage and right, the prime minister responded with something along the lines of, "You are forgetting about our culture" or "Our culture does not approve of these sort of things" (it'd be great if someone could find that quote; I think it was on NPR). Do you think this is a valid argument for not giving homosexuals rights? Should a culture adjust as more evidence comes forth opposing their views? For example, should buddhism (maybe hinduism, I don't know much about religions beside popular western ones) still include a deity in their religion that controls rain even though we know how rain is created and can decently track where it's going to fall? And if you think a culture or religion should stay with its traditions, for how long should they continue doing things as they have been done before?

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Time seems to be the main factor many people think is involved in a culture changing its views. Should some views be encouraged because of their importance or should we go for more the Taoist wu wei (I sort of think as going with the flow) and let the culture change when it's ready?
For the subquestion (SQ), if all cultures are almost assimilating (I'm sure there's a better word for this) their views (I'm trying to say that if all cultures are starting to believe in the same things...), when does a culture no longer remain that culture?

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  • Jun 29 2013: Tradition is very retrogressive, how far along would modern science be had its growth not been stunned by religion before, during and after the dark ages.

    Parents are to blame.
    Parent-child relationships should not be based on the impartation of tradition but of knowledge. Knowledge, especially that from science, changes with time as we come to understand more about reality.
    Tradition ignores reality and stays firm in its beliefs, it remains the same in the face of irrefutable evidence, this is detrimental to the progression of mankind.
    It pisses me off that We could be riding in flying cars and taking regular vacations to the moon in the next 100 years...while simultaneously fearful of black cats crossing our paths.

    Here in South Africa its no coincidence that rural areas ( known to be drenched in tradition ) are in an almost permanent state of stagnation.

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