When people say “culture is meant to be shared” I’m literally like ???? Because that has literally never been the purpose of any culture. Culture is about identity, community and family. It’s about tradition. It is not and has never been about “sharing”.
They keep saying “shared” when they mean “made available for my consumption.”
and boom goes the dynamite
This is so much bullshit that I might need a shovel to get through it all.
If culture wasn’t designed to be shared (because, you know, people just happen to share their experiences and this can, say, change the way some people think about different aspects) then a lot of language wouldn’t exist, especially anything fallen from Greek, Latin, Gaelic. English as a language would not exist. At all.
French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and all the other Romance languages would not exist.
Anyone going to school right now, better stop that shit if you’re not Greek because the modern idea of Academia started in Greece.
If you’re not Italian, you can’t wear jeans since denim started in Italy.
Can’t enjoy Shakespeare anything if you’re not British.
Vodka? Not if you’re not Russian.
Cars and airplanes? American.
Culture fucking changes when people interact at all. Unfortunately, the most advancements happen in the world when there’s a lot of interaction happening. Which is why, historically speaking, the richest cities tend to be ones on heavily traveled areas, such as sea ports or major trading roads (the Silk Road) because there’s a very heavy flow of different peoples and this starts growth and development.
However, there should also be a certain level of respect and pride in ones historical culture. As in, what is this sudden anger at someone being interested and invested in culture? I’m talking rude Halloween costumes, I’m talking someone who wants to learn Indian belly dance or to speak Japanese. Sharing leads to understanding and respect.
Sadly enough, the fucking idea of ‘stealing culture’ has shifted away from things that are literally sacred to someone (almost always white) eating food. Wearing clothes. Watching television. And it’s not these ‘white people’ cheapening these cultures. It’s the people who start online hate campaigns against others because of it.
They’re literally saying ‘my culture is so weak and so vulnerable that a white girl eating ramen is offensive.’