The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #91828   Message #1753029
Posted By: Rapparee
04-Jun-06 - 08:52 PM
Thread Name: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
Subject: RE: BS: Suddenly Britain has a knife culture
Here's a question, and I'm serious about it.

Why is it that we feel that what's "correct" for our culture is necessarily "correct" for everyone?

Missionaries decked out the Polynesian people in muumuus because general nakedness wasn't acceptable to British-based (I include American) culture, even though the muumuu was less than optimal clothing for the environment. The US and Canada ran "boarding schools" for the indigineous peoples, removing their culture and attempting, unsuccessfully in most cases, to replace it with that of the whiteman. Modern urban society (and I include most of Britain and the East Coast of the US in this) seem view firearms and violence as a solution (albeit an undesirable one), while rural societies see firearms (and the inherent violence) as a tool.

We don't seem to learn that there can be more than one answer....