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We cannot even start talking about culture to culture conversation before truly grasping what culture really is. A culture is a way of answering the question: what does it mean to be human? We human beings do not interact with the world as it is. We interact with the world through our culture. A culture is the choice of one story of reality among unlimited possible choices.
A Culture, A Gameworld, A Fantasyworld
In Possibility Management terms, Culture is a Gameworld. Perhaps one of the most treacherous and lethal of gameworlds that humans ever invented.
Culture is a treacherous gameworld because we are taught how to play in our local culture before we are even out of our mother's belly and what we are taught about culture leaves out the bit that culture is a completely arbitrary gameworld - in other words, Bullshit. Instead we are taught to give our center and authority away to our culture and its traditions. We are taught to believe that our culture is true and the best thing human beings ever invented and that our culture and its flag must be defended with our life, instead of being taught 'cultural relativity' (per Kurt Vonnegut Jr.) that culture is a gameworld no more true than any other culture or gameworld.
A culture cannot good or bad. A culture is a culture. It is a set of arbitrary beliefs and traditions. A culture also has a certain level of responsibility. A culture has also very real consequences.
An unconscious culture does not know it is merely an arbitrary belief system that as no connection whatsoever to reality. It does not know it is bullshit. Bullshit is not good or bad. Bullshit only has consequences. However, the belief that our bullshit is true has lethal consequences. For example, modern culture or western civilization does not consider itself as a culture, the others over there have cultures, sometimes even a interesting or a funny culture. Western civilization, a few hundred years old construct, consider having found the best answer for how to go about life, and relate to other culture as failed attempt to being modernized. This belief has been strengthen by the idea that 'if I can kill you, my ways must be better than yours'. In that way, culture is lethal because, as was explicit in most indigeneous Cultures, people from the 'outside' are understood to be 'the edible ones'. Most cultures are unconscious.
A conscious culture is conscious of itself, that is it can look at itself and be amazed about the amount of bullshit that it really is. The people have became aware of cultural relativity. They have the ability to be comfortable in the realization that, while their own culture make sens in their own mind, it may appear quite ridiculous to someone else and vice versa, and that is perfectly okay. Opens then the possibility of having culture to culture conversation where knowings, skills, techniques and initiatory process can be exchanged.
People in an unconscious culture live in a fantasy world.
People in a conscious culture live in a gameworld.
Wanna more about gameworlds? Here's the DOORWAY TO GAMEWOLRD
Creating Your Own Culture
The moment you become aware deep in your fives bodies that a culture is arbitrary, you have come to the edge of your own birth culture. Congratulations! You have questions, inquired and hacked our way out of your culture on your journey to the edge. You can now turn around and look at this culture and be amazed and maybe be disgusted or revolted to see what are its actual consequences. If you look outside of the bubble of your birth culture, what do you see? Nothing or everything else, that is possible ! Yes, you are looking at all the other possibilities your what your own culture could look like. It can be overwhelming at first.
If a culture is simply a set of beliefs and distinctions, then what is stopping you from creating your own? No one can stop you from doing it. More importantly, no one can do it for you.
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Beliefs and Distinctions
A Belief is an Is-Glued formulation that has no connection to reality. Anybody can believe anything about anything. Beliefs are defended not by experience but by positionality such as “I’m right. You’re wrong.” Positionality excludes. In other words, a particular belief can be supported only if all contradictory beliefs are destroyed. The automatic and unavoidable result of positionality is war. Look at human history.
YT130 - Cultural Relativity (1 matrix point)
Home-made short movie.
Courtesy of Schooling the World - The White Man's Last Burden by Carol Black
Few Examples of Cultures.
Extremely simplified cultural description.
Catholic Church Culture
Church is a gameworld with its own culture. To enter the gameworld, often you have to be baptized in a church or by full immersion. In Catholic Church culture you have to go to mass every Sunday morning with your family. You can give money to the authority figure of the church during mass. You get married in front of a Priest, and if you divorce, you are excommunicated.
Modern culture is like the Church. How do you play the game of the modern culture? You have to go to school starting at age 5, all the way to age 18 and then to get a good job you have to go to university for another 3 to 5 years. Then you get a good job, and a partner and then maybe children. Then hopefully you retire and die.
Facebook/ Social Media Culture
In the Facebook culture, you open an account. You post pictures of yourself (selfie) or your friends, or you and your friends (selfie), interesting articles that you found on someone else's feed, videos that made you laugh on YouTube. You create closed group to discuss with your friends, or people with common interest. You message or call your friends using messenger. You stalk your old friends and boyfriend after breaking up with him 5 years ago.
Sng'oi Culture (Aboriginal, Malaysia)
In the Sng'oi culture, the aboriginals of Malaysia, you live in tribes. You sleep in the same hut with the people of your tribe. You wake up in the morning and discuss your dreams and the dreams of others. The day is dedicated to one of the dream. You eat and talk. Every 2 or 3 years, the tribe moves to another place in the forest.
Tibetan Buddhist (Nepal, India, Tibet)
At the center of the Tibetan Buddhist gameworld is the search of the nature of existence. The search happens through meditation, Puja and singing, and the creation and destruction of sand mandala. You are educated in the art of reasoning and debating. You can go on retreat for days, months or years in isolation or in group.
Experiment WX106 - Get real about belief systems.
Assign political, religious, and educational belief systems the same authority and respect as any other fantasy story.
1. Write down your belief system around those 10 points:
iv. Possession of land or property
vi. Your Destiny
ix. Regarding treating the Earth as if it were a business in liquidation.
2. Write down the belief system of Modern Culture around those same 10 points.
3. Compare your belief system to Modern Culture's. What is different? What is the same? What are the consequences of each belief system?
Experiment WX107 - Culture in action
After doing experiment WX106, gather with 2 or 3 friends or during a possibility team and answer the question for each category: How could I put in action my own culture right now instead of following my birth culture?
Book BK142 - Originial Wisdom by Robert Wolf.
A tacit understanding and experience about what is lost when modern culture extinguishes indigenous and original intelligence. "Seeing" is a resource that guaranteed us a sustainable culture for over 40.000 years.
For more on Robert Wolff: DOORWAY TO ROBERT WOLF
Culture to Culture Conversation
The diversity of culture is a source of wonder and of strength. Each culture is a facet of humanity. Each of us has an unique way of interacting with the world, deciding what is important and what is not. The paradigm of modern culture to makes us all the same in the way we interact with the world is leading us and Planet Earth into dismay. It is the maybe one of the biggest challenges we are faced with today to revive the flame of diversity with respect, humbleness and clarity.
The way for cultures - whether indigenous or next cultures - to survive today is not in isolating themselves but in inviting a deeper conversation between them. With the aim not to create an homogeneous and generic model, but to stimulate evolution and transformation in each and everyone of them. A culture survives if it can transform in face of its challenges.
Conversing between our culture and someone else's culture is a skill that we have not been taught in our classroom (for the majority of us who have been to school...). I found that they are multiple traps in that practice. What we have been taught instead cultural relativity is cultural myopia. Modern culture is not a culture, it is the most advanced and intelligent way human being can relate to each other and the Earth. With that belief in us, in culture to culture conversation, we rapidly become either defensive or offensive about our own culture. Another trap happens later when you have reached the edge of your birth culture, you have even maybe stepped out of it. But when it's time to gather with your family for Christmas, a Birthday or a Wedding, old habits take over and you become adaptive to a culture that is not your own.
My experience is that with a solid dose of curiosity, your center, grounding cord, bubble and your sword of clarity pulled out, you can have the most marvelous, challenging and transformative conversation from your cultural bubble to someone else's cultural bubble.
Culture to culture conversation is a new skill, and as new skills go, they need practice. Have Fun!
Being offensive about our culture can be subtle. For example, western NGOs settling in 'third world' country with good intention wanting to "help save the world" is one of the most offensive and arrogant way to start a conversation. The basis of that conversation is one of the party knows how to save the other one, because the other one obviously could not have done it themselves. The offer is one of creating Low Drama - the NGO being the rescuer and the people being the victim.
This is the most widespread form of communication between modern culture and other cultures. Building schools, sending notebooks, pens and text books to countries in Africa or Asia is a new form of colonization as well as spreading our economic system across borders. Globalisation does not have to look like that. (See experiment WX108)
Our birth culture is inculcated in us since we are first conceived. The choice we have about it is accepting our birth culture or die. We then create our identity that in one way or another fits into your birth. Even rebels are one part of the culture! Before being initiated, our birth culture is the basis of our identity. If our birth culture is questioned, our own identity is questioned. It feels like being on the edge of death. Most people would prefer to die defending their culture than the possibility of dying by questioning it.
Defending can take the form of making fun of other ways of doing or behaving. This exclude any possibility of learning something different. You can notice that someone is or yourself are defending their culture when they say: "This is who I am", "I do things like that since I can remember, why would do anything different?" "Leave me alone, I do it like I want to". (See experiment WX109)
Being adaptive is a survival behavior of giving our center away to authority figures. It comes from the thought 'If I don't follow, I will die'. Most culture implies that to survive you have to use the ways of the culture and that anything else is alien and dangerous for your survival. We are bread to be adaptive to our birth culture.
People from non westernized world have become adaptive to modern culture and the western way of life as it is brought to them as the paramount of human existence. Without question the slogan of success, achievement, wealth and money. We are taught to give our center away to the ones who will promise us heaven on Earth: religion, capitalism, money, career, ...
Experiment WX108 - High Drama Globalisation (1 matrix point)
Experiment WX109 - Defended (1 matrix point)
Defending yourself or your ways of doing, behaving, or interacting is an automatic reaction from your Box. When you react you lose your ability to choose. (SR189, 1 matrix point).
(SX189.1) This experiment is to regain your freedom to choose by finding the zero point of non-reaction. You already know what it feels like to be in the reactive state. Now learn to detect when your body is just about to go into reaction so you get the choice of not going there. The challenge is that the instant a reaction starts it is already too late. What you need is to know when a reaction is about to start. Then you have a choice. If a reaction starts, your brain has already squirted adrenaline and other neuroactive hormones into your bloodstream.
Here is a secret: steal three moments each day when you return to the zero point of no reaction. When you are not in reaction you automatically regain the power of making conscious choices again. How to get to the zero point? Two minutes of meditation, three times per day. Go back to zero reaction. Go back to presence. How to meditate? It’s nothing! Stop moving. This probably means sit down. Stop identifying with your thoughts and stories. This probably means close your eyes, take a deep breath, and move your attention to your physical center, behind and below your belly button. Your thoughts and stories do not stop, of course. The purpose ofthe mind is to create an endless stream of meaningless thoughts. When you move to your center and enter the zero point, the thoughts and stories become like somebody else’s radio making background noise. Enjoy the vast spaciousness of being at yourcenter. This is presence. The first thing to notice is that if you stop thinking you don’t die. The second thing to notice is that if you are not defending you also don’t die. This is what it feels like to be alive. You are a Being, being with your Being, being present. This is your natural state. This is life. With a little practice you might grow to like it.
Experiment WX110 - Christmas experiment (1 matrix point)