Futurism

Transculturalism

Understanding transculturalism is to understand culture's naturalistic origin (or at least to understand it from a secular vantage point), but it also means an understanding of the inherent value of culture itself to human individuals.  Every progressive advance in society comes with alterations, adaptations, innovations of culture whether around economic equality, women's rights, racial equality, or sexual identity.

Understanding transculturalism is the key to returning civility to public discourse by providing a way of describing similarities and differences in an adaptive and yet considerate way.

(This is a term that I have come up with to hold until I learn a better one. I took it from 'transhumanism'.)

What is the Point of Transculturalism?

Transculturalism is primarily about accurately contextualizing societal expectations of organizational-level change on one hand and individual-level change on the other towards societal progress.

In other words defining transculturalism is about properly contextualizing skepticism with regard to social responsibility.

In some ways it is about bridging a set of acknowledgements hitherto missing from societal discourse around faith, religion, tradition, and conservatism on one hand - and skepticism, materialism, free thought, nihilism, naturalism, progressivism on the other.

Yet another way of framing this is in terms of contextualizing civility in public discourse - not just with regard to the US conservative/progressive dichotomy, but with regard to considering all cultural differences.

Culture is both indispensable and arbitrary

The fundamental paradox of naturalism and culture is crucial to understand before being skeptical of individuals and organizations.

From a naturalistic standpoint, culture is arbitrary in its specific variants, but generally serves a purpose of helping people feel purpose and identity in order to survive and flourish as a species. It is not any particular culture that is invaluable to nature, but it is that each of us possesses a culture that is important. Therefore culture is not fully described by the nature/nurture description.

On a personal level, we learn culture purely according to environment factors, but we then carry a permanently fix relationship with those learned perceptions for the rest of our lives. What we happened to learn in childhood can make us or break us later.
 
On a national/professional level, the culture of an individual in a multicultural nation has no apparent value beyond generally facilitating the economy and whatever system of rule is in place. There is no accounting to individuality, because it is broad and varied. Laws are made attempting to protect trends in culture, but these invariably fail to protect greater variation than generalized forms allow.






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