What Do You Believe IT Takes or Mean To Be Cultured ?

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Re: What Do You Believe IT Takes or Mean To Be "Cultured"?

It's not so much that some people are uncultured as it is they are anti-culture. Anti-culture is part of their culture. They derive a sense of social superiority by the prerogative of rejecting cultural elitism. This is their answer to the feeling that so-called cultured people reject them for being uncultured.

Generally, I would describe all forms of cultural rejection as reactionism. Sarcasm is the expression-style of choice for reactionists because it allows them to reject without making any affirmative claims or statements at all. They simply react against other things and build up social credibility by doing so. Of course, the flip side of the reactionism coin is conformity, since resembling other people in as many ways as possible is the best innoculation against reactionism. I.e. why would someone react against you if you are indistinguishable from others?

So there is anti-cultural reactionism and pro-cultural affirmatism. Cultural affirmers may also conform to others in their efforts to be cultured, but it is not purely a defense against reactionism as it is for anti-culture people. Pro-culture people may actually be interested in culture because of the culture itself whereas true reactionists avoid everything possible out of fear for being criticized socially for being pro-active. To them, most culture seems weird or dumb unless they associate it with social popularity, in which case they will start to consider liking it and conforming to it as a means of becoming more popular and therefore less at risk for getting critical reactions from others.
 

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