The tyranny of culture and cultural gullibility

The Bionarrative draws our attention to the tendency of humans to accept as gospel the messages coming from their close cultural environment. While occasional individuals reject some of the assumptions, attitudes and prejudices of the culture in which they have grown up, they are a minority. Most people remain true to their cultural inheritance throughout their lives. This natural tendency of humans to blindly accept the assumptions of the cultural soups in which they have been immersed since childhood lies behind most of the conflicts between different ethnic and religious groups in the modern world. Cultural gullibility is a fundamental, and potentially very dangerous, human characteristic.

The Bionarrative thus alerts us to the brainwashing power of culture, and to the critical need to be constantly vigilant – making sure that the worldviews and , assumptions of our cultures are in tune with reality; and that they are not leading us to behave in ways that cause unnecessary human distress or damage to the living environment.

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