Unification or Division?

What is culture? Are they just myths? “Culture tends to argue that it forbids only that which is unnatural. But from a biological perspective, nothing is unnatural. Whatever is possible is by definition also natural. A truly unnatural behavior, one that goes against the laws of nature, simply cannot exist, so it would need no prohibition.” Harari describes three ‘unifiers’: money, empires and religion. Money shows value and the transfer. We talked about this in last class how money is an imagined order and is something that is known in all places around the world. Religion is “a system of human norms and values that is founded on a belief in a superhuman order” (pg. 210). Empires started as inspiring imperial culture but led to equal rights to the people. In my own opinion I don’t think we will ever be a complete unified society because of these three ‘unifiers’. Religion divides people to this day but also can bring them together. Money… well that is definitely not a ‘unifier’ to me that is a divider.

Harari sees value in studying history because studying the past  would help us in the future. In today’s world we are facing something that our grandparents experienced with the racism. I am not saying history repeats itself but it definitely has a sister or two.

One thought on “Unification or Division?

  1. Kenni, I’m curious as to why you think money is not a unifier but a divider. True, money can create different classes, but doesn’t that still work as a unifier as we are all still under the same system? In my mind, money is a unifier in the same way language is, we all have it, can have it, and can use it. What you do with it and how you use it is up to you.

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