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  • Studying about other cultures is a corruptive and contaminating process.

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    Question What do you Think of Cross-Cultural Studies?

    I am curious to see what Skadi members think about cross-cultural studies.

    By that, I mean any academic or purely personal interest/research that aim at gaining insight into cultures other than your own.

    *I must specify (just in case someone suggests that ) that studying does not mean establishing sexual relationships with members of other cultures.

    In times like ours, where globalization is a fact, do you think it is important that we study other cultures or is it more essential that we stick to our own?

    I personally think that one gains from cross-cultural studies. I have a vast interest in archetypes and the collective unconscious of the human psyche and how it manifests itself in various cultures/religions (similarities/differences).

    I also believe that we benefit from studying 'antagonistic' cultures because only then we know what we're dealing with. You can't 'fight' your 'enemies' if you don't know exactly what you're standing up against.

    Also, I have found that learning about other cultures helps me understand my own better.
    Through comparison of various cultural elements, I tend to appreciate my own culture, as well as to critisize its weaknesses (and hopefully, if everyone did the same, we could improve our cultures).

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    Of course studying and learning new things is good. I can't even imagine anyone credibly claiming otherwise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Death and the Sun View Post
    Of course studying and learning new things is good. I can't even imagine anyone credibly claiming otherwise.
    Hehe, I am glad you think so.

    I have indeed met people who claim otherwise -that studying foreign cultures means contaminating your own.

    What gets me the most though, is people who critisize other cultures while totally being ignorant about them.

    For example, I recently came across the article of a pseudo-intellectual american Christian Identity White Nationalist (lol eyes who was bashing Hinduism as a savage religion, a zionist religion (:eek and a multi-culturalist religion, foundng his claims on that "the Hindu gods are black and the Hindu demons are white" (wtf? :eek, while also throughout the whole text, it was evident that he had been confusing Hinduism with Buddhism, claiming that Ashoka and the greeks had brought it 'on the white man's lands'.
    A hilariously frustrating read!

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    Well, I'm a "big picture"/persepctive type--so, it's my opinion that we can't help but benefit from investigating what other folks do, how they live, how they speak, what they look like ().....

    This doesn't mean that we have to adopt or absorb other bits of culture but it can't hurt to have a look.

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    I think this one is nicely summed up by "know your enemy"

    Know the enemy,
    Know yourself,
    And victory
    Is never in doubt,
    Not in a hundred battles.

    He who knows self
    But not the enemy
    Will suffer one defeat
    For every victory.

    He who knows
    Neither self
    Nor enemy
    Will fail
    In every battle
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    If you wish to preserve your own culture, then you must know others, so you can foresee the threats that yours will face. Only this will enable you to argue convincingly against them.

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    I would have to say learning about other cultures than your own is a plus.

    Why, thats one reason I am here.
    "We've become a nation of strangers. There seems to be very little in common to bond us to our fellow Americans outside of our immediate families,some don't even have that to fall back on."

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    Much of my education consisted of cross-cultural studies. I eventually caught on just how incompatible certain otehr cultures were, and how valuable but precarious was my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blood Axis View Post
    Hehe, I am glad you think so.

    I have indeed met people who claim otherwise -that studying foreign cultures means contaminating your own.

    What gets me the most though, is people who critisize other cultures while totally being ignorant about them.

    For example, I recently came across the article of a pseudo-intellectual american Christian Identity White Nationalist (lol eyes who was bashing Hinduism as a savage religion, a zionist religion (:eek and a multi-culturalist religion, foundng his claims on that "the Hindu gods are black and the Hindu demons are white" (wtf? :eek, while also throughout the whole text, it was evident that he had been confusing Hinduism with Buddhism, claiming that Ashoka and the greeks had brought it 'on the white man's lands'.
    A hilariously frustrating read!
    Of course I agree that cross-cultural studies are of great value. So is actually traveling to those lands.

    Christian Identity movement is a great example of people who need to get out more often.

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    I've learned much from such studies, including eastern philosophies, Aboriginal Dreamtime, Greek, Egyptian, Roman, as well as my Celto/Germanic roots.

    I like to have an open and broad mind about the differing cultures, but it is also these areas of learning that has allowed me to find my own sense of purpose and spirituality.

    Other experiences have come into play of course, but learning about other cultures has certainly helped shape the course of my destiny.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrSolarWolff
    Christian Identity movement is a great example of people who need to get out more often.
    Yeah, they're quite an extreme example

    However, there are more interesting examples of cultural isolation, like, for example, the Amish, who consider the mere contact with outsiders to be 'contaminating' and harmful to their community.
    They have done a marvellous job prererving their culture in its purest form that way, however I doubt such an endeavour is really functional in the long run...one can't keep hiding from the world forever

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