What are people for?

There are cultures in which people have existential angst, and cultures in which they don’t.

There are cultures in which death is regarded as an ultimate tragedy and cultures in which death is regarded as part of the cycle of life.

There are cultures in which suicide rates are negligible, though feelings of terror about life’s end are absent.

There are cultures in which it seems natural that some individuals are better than others, and cultures in which everyone has a valued place.

We co-create our culture (in some cultures with a higher participation rate than others).  What kind of culture would you like to live in?

Perhaps before we can address that question, it is useful to get outside our own culture, to live in another part of the world or to become intimate with someone whose values, beliefs, and way of being in the world are very different from your own.

— Josh Mitteldorf

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