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Why do the members of dominant societies talk and act the way they do?

We dominant Anglo-Europeans have knowledge and beliefs about the world and our society, constituting what may be called our worldview, but the only "objective" way to know about this is to observe how people behave, and listen to their speech – in other words, our public discourse. What sort of worldview is revealed in our dominant behavior patterns and in our public discourse?

Dominant View of Time & History

What do we say about time?

Cosmology & History of the Universe

Geology & History of the Earth

Evolution of Life

Judeo-Christian Tradition

Creation of the World, Adam & Eve, Moses & the Ten Commandments, Jesus & Christianity, Catholicism, Protestantism

History of Civilization: Innovation & Progress

How do we change over time?

The Clock

Daily Routine, Time Management & Multitasking

The Week

Work & School

The Calendar

Work, School, Vacations & Holidays

Generations

Life Cycle & Family History, Bettering Ourselves

  • Childhood: Play, Education, Identity & Sex
  • Adulthood: Careers & Competition, Mating
  • Family: Parenting & Childrearing, Communications, Mobility & Distant Family
  • Old Age: Retirement & Death
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Dominant View of the World

What do we say about the world?

Anglo-Europeans believe that their environment is the entire Universe, which they have studied and described using their scientific technologies.

Invisible Building Blocks

Mechanism & Reductionism: Physics & Chemistry, Matter & Energy, Earth Science, Climate Science

Life on Earth

Mechanism & Reductionism: Amino acids, DNA, genes, cells, organs, organisms, kingdoms, phyla, genera, species, etc.

Human Societies

Anthropology & Sociology: Measuring everyone else by our standards

Christianity

Anthropocentrism: In His Image, Dominion Over All the Earth

Heaven & Hell

Space: The Final Frontier

Cosmology & Astrophysics

Geography of the World

Geopolitics: Nations, Natural Resources, Empire (Political, Economic, Military, Cultural, etc.)

Geography of Our Country

The Nation (Hierarchy, Cities, Infrastructure, Mobility & Distant Family, Nature & the Environment)

How do we use the world?

Anglo-Europeans occupy Europe, North and South America, and Australia/New Zealand. Their military, financial and industrial installations can be found in virtually every other nation.

The Control of Nature

Science & Technology, Industry, Engineered Environments

  • Like all dominant societies, Anglo-Europeans grow, achieve, and maintain their dominance by engineering their environments, and the environments of those they dominate economically or politically, transforming natural habitat into a machine whose sole function is to meet human needs. This is their primary ecological role.
  • Regardless of where they live, and regardless of the resources offered by local habitat, Anglo-Europeans subsist on a small collection of naturally-derived consumer products (wheat, corn, soybeans, chicken, pork, beef, cotton, wool, etc.) that can be industrially mass-produced and transported to all corners of their world.
  • Infrastructure: Basic Industries, Distribution Networks, Transportation Networks, Communications Networks

Urbanism: Cities & Housing Units

Mobility: Business & Pleasure

Politics & Business: Military & Economic Empires

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Dominant View of Society

What do we say about each other?

Social Structure & Institutions

Institutions of Society

Government (Democracy), Infrastructure, Economy/Finance/Business/Industry (Capitalism & Free Enterprise), Education, Communications Media & Celebrities, Science & Technology, Healthcare, Sports & Recreation, Religion, etc

Political Hierarchy

National, regional, urban

Economic Hierarchy

The rich & powerful, the middle class, the poor

Social & Cultural Hierarchy

Competition, celebrities & heroes: bigger is better

The World

Foreigners, War, Disasters, Immigration, Tourism, etc.

Beliefs

Values & Priorities

Science

Christianity

How do we interact with each other?

Group Roles & Relationships

Social Needs:

  • Skill, information, knowledge, wisdom
  • Companionship, affection, love, emotional support
  • Sex
  • Healthcare, healing
  • Order, justice, security, stability
  • Maternal care
  • Child care
  • Elder care
  • etc.

The City

Work, School, Shopping & Recreation

Social Networks

Family, Neighbors, Peer Groups & Subcultures

Social Technology

Economy

Jobs & Careers, Competition & Economic Hierarchy, Stock Market, Unemployment, Inflation, Interest Rates, etc.

Consumerism

Infrastructure

Social Control

Government (Executive, Legislative, Judicial, Security & Defense, etc.)

Christianity: the Ten Commandments, Sin & Hell

Neighbor Relationships

The World: Geopolitics (Nations, Empires, Military Presence, Wars), Global Finance, Business & Trade, Foreign Aid & Disasters, Tourism.

Dominant Values & Priorities

See notes 3/24

  • Individual vs. Society: Individualism
  • Individual Values: (Universal vs. Particular) Wealth, Comfort, Convenience, Speed, Power, etc.
  • Social Values: Individualism, Economic Growth, Democracy, Personal Freedom, Competition, Exploration, Coercion, etc.
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