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#1 Jimbee68

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Posted October 03 2014 - 08:26 PM

I was just wondering. Is western culture superior to others (by "western", I am including the USA, Canada, and Europe)?

 

Islamic culture particularly comes to mind. Did you know in Saudi Arabia (one of our [allegedly] closest allies), they'll chop of your hand for stealing a loaf of bread?

 

I am somewhat hesitant to say it, because I fear the ire of my fellow liberals. But I want to start the discussion, by saying emphatically "YES".

 

What do the rest of you think?

 

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#2 Vanilla Gorilla

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Posted October 03 2014 - 09:19 PM

Im not all that interested in Europe, and whats Canadian culture? Snow and trees ;)

Americans make great movies, but I wouldnt want to live there, its almost impossible to get a decent cup of coffee, and I dont want to get shot at.

Im most interested in Japanese culture, when I retire being an expat in tokyo might warrant serious consideration
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#3 Annwyn'Bri

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Posted October 03 2014 - 09:21 PM

Your question is pretty subjective... you need to narrow it down to something more specific. 

 

As far as superior... again that's an opinion and viewpoint... what is meant by superior? 

 

I would agree in some areas the west, as you define it, is more advanced in some areas. But superior as in better? No, not really....

 

I am a liberal by the way, but that doesn't mean I think Americans are better just because we are American.


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#4 Meliai

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Posted October 04 2014 - 06:02 AM

American culture sucks.

 

it doesn't seem like you're even considering Asian culture which is pretty fascinating. I also find middle eastern culture beautiful once you look past the warfare and extremism. There are thousands of years of history there. Damascus in Syria is the oldest city in the world - I would love to travel there if its ever safe again.

I love history so I'm pretty fascinated by European, middle eastern, and Asian culture. America, Canada, and Australia mostly bore me.

 

 

 

 

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Posted October 04 2014 - 06:54 AM

As an American, I find we are drunk on our own propagandized information. Freedom and Justice for all, now we wrote that as a slaver nation.

Freedom and Liberty and Justice for all, H'mmm lets see, once the founding fathers set up the nation, within a few years they declared war on the resources from the Applachia Mountains, lumber, coal, minerals, all taken by hook or crook, from folks that did not want thier land, above and below, ripped away from them. 

So more and more LAWs are created for the wealthy to get what they want, and to leave Black Lung, sever poverty and wasted mountain sides, for others to deal with.

 

Then there is the horror we committed on the indiginous peoples of the Americas that to this day makes me hang my head in shame, as a mighty whitey.

I just recently found out by DNA, my blood has a percentage of indiginous blood in it.

 

We as a people have got to be more open to understanding other cultures instead of FAKE friendships to get goods and services from from them we can control.

 

Learn to read words that piss you off, it's the only way to get both sides of an issue, by trying to understand another point of view.


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Posted October 04 2014 - 02:01 PM

Well, Western does start with WE ..



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Posted October 04 2014 - 03:40 PM

whats Canadian culture?

 

US culture plus hockey.


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Posted October 04 2014 - 04:34 PM

I was just wondering. Is western culture superior to others (by "western", I am including the USA, Canada, and Europe)?

 

Islamic culture particularly comes to mind. Did you know in Saudi Arabia (one of our [allegedly] closest allies), they'll chop of your hand for stealing a loaf of bread?

 

I am somewhat hesitant to say it, because I fear the ire of my fellow liberals. But I want to start the discussion, by saying emphatically "YES".

 

What do the rest of you think?

 

:toilet:

Not in all things...The Asians sure have us beat for natural cures, acupuncture, energy flows etc.....


Edited by Moonglow181, October 04 2014 - 04:38 PM.


#9 Annwyn'Bri

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Posted October 04 2014 - 09:16 PM

US culture plus hockey.

 

Plus Poutine, maple sugar candy, beer and beavers...


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#10 Logan 5

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Posted November 11 2014 - 02:58 AM

Well, I suppose it depends on how you look at it.  You say "western nations" and that leaves a mighty big selection of options to choose from.  Politically we're very diverse.  Financially, the same.  Even the cultures are diverse.

 

In general I would have to say that yes we are superior.  Look at the region you selected.  How often have there been civil wars?  Pestilence?  Famine?  Yes, yes.  I know.  We have poverty in all of those countries in that region you selected.  However, compare the current situation the Middle East is in to the Western Nations.  Include Africa and Asia.  Western nations versus Africa, Asia, Middle East, and even Oceania.  Why not throw in South America as well?

We're by no means perfect, but I'd say we're in the top 5% of the best place to live on Earth.


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