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Culture Construction Kit

cjsmith wrote:
if you can't stand the culture you are in, if the mores and assumptions that surround you are detrimental to your own mental health, you must create your own culture. Great idea. I hereby pronounce myself a culture of one.

And I replied in a comment:
Woo fucking hoo! I really needed to hear that right now.

My culture: Being of use matters. Making and/or appreciating beauty matters. Curiosity matters. Politeness matters. (Miss Manners is the Secretary of State in my culture.) Communication matters. Not taking yourself too seriously is encouraged. Please confine dishing/whinging to designated areas. Thank you.

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elynne
Jun. 1st, 2002 12:11 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... sounds similar to my culture. :) I may have to give that one some thought on my own.
firecat
Jun. 1st, 2002 05:07 pm (UTC)
Kinda figured it might. Glad it does.
submarine_bells
Jun. 1st, 2002 04:55 pm (UTC)
Can I join your culture too? Sounds like my kind of people! *laugh*
firecat
Jun. 1st, 2002 05:08 pm (UTC)
Yep!
Very open immigration policy.
femmediva
Jun. 1st, 2002 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep!
I'd like to join too.... I have to brush up on the taking oneself too seriously (working on it), but I am polite to a fault.
firecat
Jun. 1st, 2002 05:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep!
Me too. I figure it's more important to recognize it as a value than to achieve it all the time.
cjsmith
Jun. 2nd, 2002 10:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Yep!
Defining politeness is part of the challenge, perhaps, because I've slowly come to realize that what is perfectly polite and respectful to one person can be downright rude to another...

Ah, people. So complicated we are.
firecat
Jun. 3rd, 2002 07:22 am (UTC)
See?
Only people who care about politeness realize that...
leandra333
Jun. 3rd, 2002 10:29 am (UTC)
Re: See?
Exactly!
figmo
Jun. 2nd, 2002 03:12 pm (UTC)
One addition I'd make
Embracing differences in others.

After all, isn't that what makes the world more interesting?
firecat
Jun. 2nd, 2002 03:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent addition!
Only I think I'll go for simply "embracing differences." It's harder for me to embrace my own contradictions than other people's...
figmo
Jun. 2nd, 2002 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Excellent addition!
I'm used to my own differences. I grew up with them. :-)

I also grew up assuming nobody was like me because, just within my immediate family, we had three different religions, really different intelligence levels, highly varying education levels, "lefties" and "righties" (referring to dominant hands here), varying political beliefs, varying physical builds, and multiple ethnicities and colorations.

I'd watch "Lawrence Welk" with Mom's parents and find it highly entertaining because I didn't know anyone who was actually like that. Dad's parents couldn't stand him. Somehow, though, I heard this was supposed to represent "middle America." I saw TV families, and they didn't look like mine.

The only thing we all had in common was we were all human beings (except for Peppy and Djinn-Djinn.... ;-) ).
firecat
Jun. 3rd, 2002 07:29 am (UTC)
Your family sounds great
My parents' generation of my family started out pretty homogenous (somewhat intelligent white small town protestant professionals married with kids) but my generation has been somewhat exogamous.

It was cool to discover how much I was like my cousins who I never saw very much growing up. There's going to be a family reunion in Las Vegas in August, and that ought to be a real trip. (If we don't all just turn into salt, in the heat.)
cjsmith
Jun. 2nd, 2002 10:07 pm (UTC)
I like your culture a lot! Perhaps we'll have to set up embassies right quick. :-)
firecat
Jun. 3rd, 2002 09:05 am (UTC)
I'll have my ambassador contact your ambassador :)
ailbhe
Jun. 4th, 2002 09:14 am (UTC)
Re: Broken links?
Hrum. Seems like the culture I live in. But I can only think of about a dozen of us who actually interact regularly.
firecat
Jun. 6th, 2002 12:45 am (UTC)
Re: Broken links?
Are some of them people I know?
ailbhe
Jun. 6th, 2002 07:05 am (UTC)
Re: Broken links?
Doubt it; none of them are alt.poly people, at any rate. I don't interact much with most alt.poly people except in ap and lj.
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