"Culture, what is it?
Culture takes place in closed, even closeted places, involving the alchemical putrefactio, or decadence as the body of fermentation. Generation and decay happen together; and they are not always easy to distinguish. What goes with civilization are irrigation systems, monuments, victories, historical endurance, wealth, and power as a cohesive force with common purpose. Civilization works; culture flowers. Civilization looks ahead, culture looks back. Civilization is historical record; culture a mythic enterprice.
They may interelate, but they also seem able to do without
each other. Civilization without culture is all around us. Culture
without civilization? I think of the Tierra del Fuego Indians found... (click title to read more)