Why Question?

You shouldn't question social norms. You should try to understand them in context. All social norms make sense in their own context. You start 'questioning' when you really don't understand the context.

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5 Responses Feb 8, 2010

Social norms do make sense within their given context. However I often question the context. For instance take racial segregation or miscegenation laws. At one time they were the norm. People questioned those norms because they were ridiculous.

"Btw, I should clarify that I don't mean to say all norms are necessarily acceptable at all contexts."<br />
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This clears up the confusion, which is to say that your original post seemed to say just that... and sounded quite bizarre.

As I wrote on EP before: America makes more sense if you live their and breathe in the local air. Same thing about Australia. From a distance, it looks like a country of iron-men surfing on the beach. Only when you are here, and you walk with open eyes, you can pick up the aussie spirit.<br />
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I purposely avoided a larger time-scale. By doing this, I take a ceremonial bow in front of currently fashionable beliefs, which see culture and tradition as products of the last two centuries at most. But I cannot ignore the challenges to such an attitude. For example, the Silicon Valley, in its heyday, was full of individual achievers who "happened" to come from cultures with deep traditions. In a world of moral relativism, we should not be observing such concentrations of people from certain backgrounds. Apologies, I drifted from social norms to individual achievement.

question everything!

Like eating dirt makes sense if it has oatmeal in it...