I didn’t get to write about culture yesterday but my son did so I thought I would share his fantastic take on the Daily Word Prompt.
As Terence McKenna said in this interview, “Culture is not your friend.”
I know, I know. How can I have a go at culture? What’s culture ever done to hurt me? Why aren’t I thankful to culture for providing me with such a rich and varied, erm, culture?
It’s easy to paint culture as some kind of essential framework, without which all the rich bounty of Western civilisation would turn to ash and be taken by the winds. But that’s the thing: our culture has a vested interest in ensuring that your conception of ‘culture’ is a positive one. It would be considered quite the faux pas to instead characterise culture as a form of bondage to which you never consented, which serves only to exclude and to characterise the foreign as ‘Other.’
The very word itself, “culture,” finds its etymological root in the Latin ‘colere’, a term…
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