Cultures support the ideas of ‘Us’.
We all subscribe to multiple ideas of ‘Us’. We the nation, We the religion, We the family, We the village, We the tribe, We the supporters of our football team, We the commercial organisation, We the workers, the list is endless.
We use cultures to foster trust so that we can collaborate, but we also use cultures to separate Us from Them so that we can compete at a group level, sometimes destructively. All wars occur between Us and Them.
The system proposes that we consciously develop an overarching governance culture of We-the-species, within which multi layered sub-cultures can co-exist without conflict. A culture of cultures.
How do you form and reinforce a top level governance culture? What limits should be imposed on a ‘Governance culture’? How can sub-cultures co-exist without destructive competition? How can cultures cut their ties to geography to exist as free floating diasporas? How can cultural rules build the trust required for collaboration, yet give us enough freedom to manage our own lives?
See the proposal.
All wars occur between cultural entities.
At birth, we have no culture.
All cultures are man-made and are created in the heads of children by those who have them already. Russian, Ukrainian, Sunni, Jew, Shia, Chinese, American, Western only exist in our heads.
Cultural morals usually prevent war and destruction by containing our competitive natures
Threats to cultural identities can raise passions so high that they overcome morals. Be aware of those who raise our passions.
To evolve further our species must learn to manage our invention of cultural identities better.