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Originally posted by lebeast at 2009-11-26 18:24
If you didn't notice, China itself underwent massive cultural change in the last 100 years and continues to do so.
your argument is as weak as water.
your rock is sand.
are you convincing yourself yet?
i see you trying, but you are arguing my point for me
if Chinese in your country do good and flourish its because of their culture. no, its not individualism and their own ideas, and choosing what they themselves will 'believe'..
its culture, its blood, its race, its heritage, its roots, its genetic programming, its historical, and its the work of thousands of years of generations
what you are stating isnt culture, you are stating more of a situation. a current state.
that is not culture. culture is not water. culture is not simply what anyone who shows up and wants to do and thus simply changes with their mood.
Culture is an ethical and ancient root, an origin.
the "origin" of "australian culture" we can say is the criminal rapists and murderers who 'founded' it
the origin of American Culture is the laws, decrees, beliefs, ideas, ideals and motivations and desires of the original founding fathers, such as Thomas Jefferson
we can say clearly and without a doubt that the Early American Culture was a very stark contrast to the British culture, almost impossible to even see a relation, and that just occured in a few short years
what you are stating is not culture, simply.. observations about current events.
it was just eye-catching for newspapers to have a "Culture" section back in the 80's
to illustrate my point further, we can put several different people in an empty room together and observe them. your definition of culture is simply.. what they decide to do, pick their nose, scratch their butt, fart, lounge around in their underpants, run around naked, rub themselves on each other.. what ever... by your definition that is culture, and it would change from day to day, hour to hour, minute to minute.
but their actual culture is determined by a test of their knowledge.
a written test
culture is not something people are just "born" with, though some of it is, it something they learn from birth, they are taught, believe, strive for, attain, and abide. it is willful behavior, not mindless stupidity
it is their choice. Good people choose to do what their parents ask them or tell them to do.
if they didnt, their culture would last about one generation, as yours is.
however, we both know you act somewhat better in australia than you do in China, you take advantage of the culture barier and inqusitive nature and exploit it for your own personal deviant ends