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Is enculturation is a good thing or a bad thing in terms of individuality and freedom of expression?

I am a student in a grad school in New York City and recently came across the concept of Enculturation. Coming from India, a country that is rich in culture and has strictly defined 'rules' in society in terms of acceptable behavior and habits I was forced to question if enculturation has more positive or negative impact on a individual when it comes down to developing a sense of individuality and freedom to express opinions.


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    Nov 15 2013: Some would have us honour the rich, arguing that their wealth creates jobs. In fact, the rich are indebted to us, the producers and consumers, because we develop, produce, distribute, maintain and buy back the goods and services which we provide and which sustains their wealth. Without our continued cooperation in our dual roles of producer-consumer, there would be no more wealth for anybody. That we continue to do the 'heavy lifting', without receiving a more equitable share of the proceeds, is perplexing.
    • Nov 15 2013: Don,

      How about if we shift from 'them or us' to 'them AND us'?

      As you stated "Without our continued cooperation in our dual roles... there would be no more wealth for anybody".

      Observing the dynamics at play where everyone is out to take stuff from others (the reach take from the poor and the poor take from the rich) cooperation is a bit more of a challenge. It would be simpler for each to see others as partners in the adventure and focus on what ought to happen. With that in mind what would you rather everyone be 'rich' or 'poor'? Well that last question could be opened: what would you rather everyone be? For me the answer is quite evident, AND it included being rich, happy, joyful, healthy, fulfilled, and everything divine. Do note that the notion follows the 'AND' construct that integrates the individual and the group and the environment, and everyone (of course the good are free unless they change and the bad are bound unless they change ... freedom is honored and respected for one can choose the way to be and depending on that choice how one will be )...

      In the playground there are more nice kids than bullies, still sometimes the bullies get the control over the nice kids and rules to play by especially when some look the other way rather than intervene into what is taking place... It is everyone's business what happens in the playground and it's now time for shared cooperation to rule.

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