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Any culture is

Modern culture seems to be held together by power and things, not by people and relationships. The culture of our human ancestors existed for thousands of years without doing any substantive damage to the ecosystem. It sees itself as being above nature. Modern culture has a tendency to spread out, to build empires, to capitalize on as many resources as possible. Inuit Eskimo culture would not survive as well in the Sahara.

So we can commence with the idea that our traditional ancestors, like their modern descendants, learned and shared meanings. Everyone knows how he or she fits into the mix because relationships, and the behaviors that go along with them, are clearly defined. It is because we have learned to share the meanings of words. In ancient Africa the Bantu and Yoruba lived traditional culture.

In ancient North America the Anishinabe and Lakota lived traditional culture. Modern culture is a more mutable system that tends to change often. Modern culture is built upon knowledge. Perhaps there will be severe consequences.

Both modern and traditional culture go this far, but here they often tend to diverge. But this does not rob the humans who live traditional culture of their individuality. Many have only occasional contact with family members outside the immediate household.

During the week we can be shrewd business-makers in a competitive marketplace where there are happy winners and tragic losers. Change in modern culture is propelled by all the same forces that cause change in traditional culture, only in modern culture the changes happen more quickly.

Both traditional and modern culture

Any culture is a system of learned and shared meanings. Both traditional and modern culture work for people because they are suited to local environmental conditions. The beginning of culture was language.

And it is in the meanings of things that culture resides, regardless of whether it is traditional or modern culture. If, on the other hand, you don't have the proper relationship, you find it difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish anything. Traditional and modern culture are alike in another way.

In modern culture people learn that business life is separate from personal life, for example that church and state can be kept apart. If he prepared the plant's leaves a certain way, and drank the tea that resulted, it would make the pain in his stomach go away.