Culture? A bunched things you can see in a museum? a hair -do? clothing styles?
Imagine a big space, a bunch of big rocks hanging out in the space and because of the material properties of space and rocks a gravitational field is generated which keeps the rocks in place in a structure.
Think of the space as the Earth and as areas on the earth where people are separated or only have minimal personal interactions , and the rocks as people. Wherever people are interacting there is a “culture field, ” a structure of relationships emerges, a “social structure, ” simply from the physical fact of being human beings in a group
Like gravity, we cannot see it, we only see the effects and results of it.
Did yo ever read the small print on a tube of toothpaste?
Culture is not a thing, not a bunch of paintings in museum or this color and design or this way of cooking, or that style of clothes, While it is a constantly changing, on going process while we ( the behaviour of people) are the creaters of it, we only, i.e. differentiate, categorize, and classify and see a trailing structure—our behaviour now creates it but we only see what it has created, we do not see the field.
It the behaviour of everyon, the process, that is culture, and like a a gravittional field it generates a structure, manifested as an observable, consistent pattern of human behaviour.
If we imagine for a moment the idea of creation, BOOM! Some different groups are on the earth with no history , they start doing things, then which groups survive?, the ones who did the things necessary for humans to survive. The very get go base behavior on which any culture is founded is the behavior which enabled survival.
Where did this all come from? Where is the beginning ? Who knows, but logic suggests that it it is those socieites whcich did behaviours enabling survival lasted and those that did not are not here today.
And we understand evolution and that change occurs through time. What is imporant is that the behavour of people enabled people to live and procreate and culture is the process which creates the strcuture of human relationships. Basically the behaviour of everyone generates culture.
Power is , of course, another element in the story, but power, or the unequal generation of the individual’s ability to effect society is a different subject for another time.
Maybe you think I am trying to get you into the hole I’m in,
Or maybe I just want you to like me . . .
Not for who I am, but for the person I could have been instead of like Daruma chasing his mind