The futility of cultural superiority

We are not born equal – excerpt perhaps identical twins. Twin eggs may produce similar children, apparently. But, from personal experience, I know that 2 minutes’ difference in birth produced 2 children from the same womb who were almost diametrically different in temperament. Perhaps subconscious past-life memories can affect attitudes and behaviour in the first few years.

Having grown up in ethnic diversity, that is, in a close relationship with people of diverse national or tribal or ethno-cultural origins, I can say with total confidence that, in the normality of life, all human beings react to the circumstances of life in almost identical ways. We all pray for a more secure or better life, although the place of prayer and the associated rituals may not be uniform. All the requirements of life are met by us in comparable ways, presumably because we all have the same kind of brain. Only clothing styles, culinary tastes and cuisines reflect a non-competitive diversity of cultural traditions.

Angry people behave in comparable ways. Nice people are alike. In a retirement residential district, the aged can display an exaggerated form of their true nature; they may remain as they were in an earlier time, but only more so. For example, some ‘feather dusters’ may tend to pretend to be the roosters they had once been, or should have been. However, all ‘feather dusters’ are equal; we have all been de-feathered through retirement. In a comparable manner, some widows may tend subconsciously to control every man they meet, in order to maintain their skill.

Since I was brought up to believe that age begets wisdom, I am seriously discomfited. Interestingly, I detect no impact of cultural differences in human behaviour, religious superiority excepted.

The reality of the co-creation of human beings may take a few more civilisational disasters to be accepted fully by the superior ones. The closer reality of only one door being available from the merging of a range of cultural pathways will soon be accepted by many of us. Where that door will take us is, of course, a great mystery.