In countries around the world, Human Rights Watch has documented how discriminatory elements of traditions and customs have impeded, rather than enhanced, people’s social, political, civil, cultural, and economic rights.
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Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established in 1960 to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities to foster thought and encourage discourse on enduring intellectual issues pertaining to liberty.
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It was the Roman writer Lucius Apuleius who brought Cupid to life in his ancient book of fables, The Golden Ass. Apuleius’s Cupid was no mischievous toddler with hummingbird wings but an impulsive god who rejoiced in causing sexual havoc for all earthly creatures. Even the fearless Apollo refers to Cupid as “serpent dire and fierce”:
“The destiny of the world is determined less by the battles that are lost and won than by the stories it loves and believes in.” —Harold Goddard
Cupid isn't who he was. Children's folklore and fables are almost lost to popular culture.
Cultural euphemisms and white washes hit Grimm's tales and now, apparently, Roman fables: "Apuleius’s Cupid wasn't so much a romantic matchmaker as a devil subjecting hapless people to a toxic lust, one that blinded them with hypersexual urges. This allegory of a capricious god who pierces mortal hearts only to burden them with some scandalous attraction out of sheer boredom or as favors to other gods is reminiscent of nature’s cold mindlessness when it comes to human sexuality. Individuals with the most deviant desires have similarly found themselves at the whim of a terrible randomness. To learn more about the science of “erotic outliers,”
What other tales were censored or re-written and popularized?
By encouraging employees to both seek and provide help, rewarding givers, and screening out takers, companies can reap significant and lasting benefits. A McKinsey Quarterly article.
from the article: "The importance of helping-behavior for organizational effectiveness stretches far beyond intelligence work. Evidence from studies led by Indiana University’s Philip Podsakoff demonstrates that the frequency with which employees help one another predicts sales revenues in pharmaceutical units and retail stores; profits, costs, and customer service in banks; creativity in consulting and engineering firms; productivity in paper mills; and revenues, operating efficiency, customer satisfaction, and performance quality in restaurants."
Can you define the heavy influence of place, ethnicity and culture on our beliefs, motivation and behaviors as Americans?
"..most people cannot tell you much about regional differences..."
The author focuses on current issues of gun control, stand-your-ground laws and other violence related 2012-2013 topics, as well as political, social issues.
From the book, American Nations, by Colin Woodard, 2011
YANKEEDOM - Founded by Calvinists as a new Zion, social engineering, denial of self for the common good, and assimilation of outsiders. Prizes education and broad citizen participation in politics and government to guard against aristocrats and tyrants. Full of cities and towns.
NEW NETHERLAND - Dutch roots, materialistic, tolerant, defends public institutions and rejects evangelical prescriptions for individual behavior. More interested in making money than in Yankee moralizing.
THE MIDLANDS. Founded by English Quakers, open-minded and less inclined toward activist government than Yankeedom. (Others describe as personally moral but indifference to social corruption and military violence.)
TIDEWATER. English gentry roots, semi-feudal, respects authority and tradition, tends to devalue equality or public participation in politics. Barely any towns — planters delivered supplies to estates up Chesapeake’s tributaries. Once ruled supreme but was hemmed in and saw its clout fade.
GREATER APPALACHIA. Irish, English, Scottish roots, lampooned as hillbilly and redneck haven, warrior ethic, personal sovereignty and individual liberty. Shifts alliances depending on who is the greatest threat to their freedom.
DEEP SOUTH. Via English slave lords from Barbados, has a West Indies–style slave society roots. Classical Republicanism, democracy = privilege of the few, caste systems, fights against expanded federal powers, taxes and environmental, labor and consumer regulations. A McCain stronghold.
EL NORTE. The oldest, borderlands of the Spanish American empire, Hispanic language and culture dominate. Norteños = independence, self-sufficiency, adaptabilility, and focus on work. Encompasses parts of Mexico.
THE LEFT COAST. “New England on the Pacific,” a hybrid of Yankee idealism and Appalachian self-expression and exploration—products range from the Summer of Love to the iPad. Ally of Yankeedom clashes with Far Western sections.
THE FAR WEST. Shaped more by environment than ethnic factors. High, dry and remote made habitable by railroads and mining, dams, and irrigation systems directed by corporations headquartered in New York, Boston, Chicago, or San Francisco, or by the federal government. Their senators fight against trusts and, of late, federal government, rather than corporate masters.
NEW FRANCE. Combo of northern French peasantry and natives of northwestern North America. Down-to-earth, egalitarian, and consensus driven, very tolerant attitudes toward gays and people of all races. Readily accepts government involvement in the economy. Manifests in Canada, where multiculturalism and negotiated consensus are treasured.
FIRST NATION. Native American groups that retained their land and cultural practices and knowledge and survive in this challenging region on their own terms. Stands on the threshold of full independence. Liberalism traces to the first fur traders. Huge—larger than the continental USA—but population under 300,000, most of live in Canada.
"Among the eleven regional cultures, there are two superpowers, nations with the identity, mission, and numbers to shape continental debate: Yankeedom and Deep South. For more than two hundred years, they’ve fought for control of the federal government and, in a sense, the nation’s soul."
Detroit & Vegas – A Tale of Two Cities as Our Comeback Kids
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Abstract: This paper examines the public discourses of Japanese government and business interests on the subject of critical thinking within education. It begins by examining the dilemma critical thinking can pose to states and organisations with the emphasis it places on reasoned nonconformity. While nonconformity can be important in a post-industrial business context where fresh ideas and innovation provide the impetus for profit, it can also pose potential difficulties for organisational stability, as people choose to reject established ways of thinking or behaving. In twenty-first century Japan, this dilemma can clearly be seen in public policy statements made on education. On the one hand, the impact of globalised competition has led to a demand from government and business circles for a new kind of graduate, able to exercise independent judgement skills unbound by conventional thinking. On the other hand, they also express fears that the increasing individualism displayed by young people is threatening the social order and leading Japan towards an undesirable future. Their apparent solution to this dilemma is the re-introduction of patriotic and moral education, aimed at reaffirming the pre-war values of social duty and national solidarity.
Via Frank Carbullido
This essay has reviewed, clarified, and extended the list of universal human needs that Maslow first proposed. The next step would be to find first valid, then reliable ways of testing the hypothesis that each of these needs is indeed universal and invariant in different cultures and historical eras.
"There's no question that among the world's wealthy nations, the U.S. stands out when it comes to circumcision. The WHO estimates that the overall male circumcision rate in the states is somewhere between 76 and 92 percent. Most Western European countries, by contrast, have rates less than 20 percent. But even these numbers mask considerable regional variation within countries."
Tags: perspective, cultural norms, culture, gender, regions.
Via Seth Dixon
Many people, perhaps especially Americans, underestimate how differently people do things in other countries. Examples and insights for avoiding this can be found in "The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business," a 2014 bestseller by INSEAD professor Erin Meyer (also check out those global communication diagrams from Richard Lewis). Meyer claims you can improve relationships by considering where you and international partners fall on each of these scales:
Via Bonnie Hohhof
I'm always interested about comparative indicators and measures.