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  •  We are social animals. (5+ / 0-)

    We function within socially-constructed "scripts" that determine most of our thought and behavior.  Very little of what we do on a day-to-day basis is based purely on self-assertion; we mostly move within the patterns of the larger culture around us.

    And we are definitely shaped, every day, by the way people respond to us.  Strangers will let me know very quickly if I'm breaking social rules by the way they look at me, laugh at me, point, or yell.  We all do little social breaching acts here and there, of course.  But it would be very uncomfortable to do that all the time.

    To be a functional human being is to be a product of one's society.

    •  Exactly (0+ / 0-)

      I look white, I'm not. People treat me like I am.

      "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke)

      by resa on Thu Jun 18, 2009 at 02:56:36 PM PDT

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