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Do you think some cultures should change?
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M / sydney, australia
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Posted 1/10/08
i'm an equality idealist so anything that holds back peoples freedom i think should change but i don't think cultural oppression would be an answer
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M / US
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It's incredibly ignorant and arrogant to believe that at the oh so mature age of 13-20 you know what changes would improve a culture.

I think every culture has the right to exist as it is..... Some parts of cultures, such as the subjugation of women, slavery in Sudan, female genital castration in parts of Africa should be ended for humanitarian reasons.

However, cultures throughout the world are being Westernized or "Americanized' and its a DAMN SHAME
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In central asia there is a tradition of bride kidnapping. What they do is steal an unsuspecting girl then if she spends the night at that mans house she has to marry him. I think that should change.
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There is a popular saying.."Not in my backyard." We criticize other people. We tell them what they are doing is wrong and what we do is right but when it actually happens to us, we are just like them. Yes, you all have a point to show but I just want to say it is harder than it sounds. Some traditions have been practiced for so long. It makes everyone nervous to try new things. If you really want people to change, the change should begin with you.
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29 / F / Cloud 9
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Change, or evolution, is natural and inevitable. If things are meant to change then they will in time. There are lots of things wrong with the world but thats what gives it flavor.
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not really..every culture has a special something right?
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Posted 1/12/08
"You must be the change you want to see in the world." -Mahatma Gandhi

Well, some changes can be done, but it's won't be easy for any changes to occur. I believe that in arranged marriages, you will learn to love your partner. In the end, it will be love and not lust. Why do you think divorces happen all the time? It's because it's not love that brought them together but lust.

Well, everything will change with time. Even I'm beginning to see my culture change. The younger people in our culture don't really understand our culture anymore. Some of them don't even accept it and try to run away from it. The newer generation is becoming too americanized, so we are losing much of our culture really quick.
Posted 1/29/08
Yes, Muslims need to know that Islam is not the only religion in the world and it is not as great as they claim. Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism is WAY better.
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Posted 1/29/08

takane_rena wrote:

not really..every culture has a special something right?

I'd agree with that, but some cultures practices are really harmful or unfair to people. Like cultures that still treat women unequally to men or female circumcision. Then there's other ones that people might/might not agree with like arranged marriages.


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Yes, Muslims need to know that Islam is not the only religion in the world and it is not as great as they claim. Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism is WAY better.

You need to realize that not ALL Muslims think the way people supporting violence in the Middle East do. The level of racism/prejudice that I've noticed in CrunchyRoll is awful. I can't believe so many people keep saying that all Muslims are horrible people, or think they're better than others. Maybe you should meet and talk to even 10 Muslims, and then making a statement like that. How do you think the 15 year old girl who is Muslim and enjoys her religion feels when she realizes what all these people think of her religion when she's done absolutely nothing wrong?
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29 / M / New York
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I'm certainly no crusader against foreign customs, but I tend to despise cultural traditions that are imposed upon people. If a rule is not necessary for civilization, I say get rid of it or at least leave it up to the individual.
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Tradition and practices are what makes culture culture. If you find some tradition or practice in a culture to be offensive or disturbing, simply refusing to practice it probably won't alienate you from that culture, and if it does find one that suits you. Sure some could use some change, however it should be slow and natural as in how they developed in the first place, not some drastic removal of a tradition or practice.
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What is the point of this topic? Of course people are going to say yes if it means that woman will be treated better and that people will be less violent.

In example, Westerners look down upon the caste system in India and the circumstances of the Untouchables, and the fact that these people are born into extremely unfair circumstances and are stuck cleaning sewage their entire life, being treated as worse than animals, not educated or given money, and with no chance at all of gaining anything. Westerners feel that the Untouchables and those low on the caste system should be given equal opportunities, but if this were to happen, the bottom of the system would be removed and the rest would have nothing for support. The system may seem unfair to Westerners, but it has been in place for centuries and obviously works, otherwise it wouldn't still be around.

Other examples can be the controversial tradition of female circumcision in certain parts of Africa, the abuse of women and treatment as inferiors to their male counterparts found in middle eastern countries. These upset us and don't seem natural or fair, but they've been around even longer and are just as valid ways of life, even if they seem horrible to us. It's not our place to intervene, at least not without care and strategy. These are complex issues that won't solve themselves or change overnight.

Eventually these sorts of cultures may change to accommodate new technology and new times, but it's not our place as outsiders to force any sort of change on anyone. Certain changes are more important should be dealt with sooner than others. Dying babies is a bigger issue than arranged marriages are, in example.
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well most of said things should definitely change but due to different beliefs and such that just wont happen, some people just think thats right and some think it is wrong.
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Every culture should change, especially culture that runs on religion
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ViralMarketing wrote:

What is the point of this topic? Of course people are going to say yes if it means that woman will be treated better and that people will be less violent.

In example, Westerners look down upon the caste system in India and the circumstances of the Untouchables, and the fact that these people are born into extremely unfair circumstances and are stuck cleaning sewage their entire life, being treated as worse than animals, not educated or given money, and with no chance at all of gaining anything. Westerners feel that the Untouchables and those low on the caste system should be given equal opportunities, but if this were to happen, the bottom of the system would be removed and the rest would have nothing for support. The system may seem unfair to Westerners, but it has been in place for centuries and obviously works, otherwise it wouldn't still be around.

Other examples can be the controversial tradition of female circumcision in certain parts of Africa, the abuse of women and treatment as inferiors to their male counterparts found in middle eastern countries. These upset us and don't seem natural or fair, but they've been around even longer and are just as valid ways of life, even if they seem horrible to us. It's not our place to intervene, at least not without care and strategy. These are complex issues that won't solve themselves or change overnight.

Eventually these sorts of cultures may change to accommodate new technology and new times, but it's not our place as outsiders to force any sort of change on anyone. Certain changes are more important should be dealt with sooner than others. Dying babies is a bigger issue than arranged marriages are, in example.


yaa thats true how our cast system in india its a bit odd but in a way it for me it makes sense
but now its a bit more modern days people are forgetting the traditions what u said it may seem unfair to westerners but looking at it at my point of view it's quite fair
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