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Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

Created: 02/27/13

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Posted Feb. 27, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
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Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

Quiet explains how Western society evolved from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality. Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?


Posted Mar. 05, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
BamaCarol

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RE: Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

I'm not sure that that culture still exists and it saddens me. It used to be valued where I work, but over the last 5-6 years that has slowly changed. You have heard the saying, 'The squeaky wheel gets the grease' and people have taken that to heart. It used to be that if you gave your word, people took that as good enough. However we now have an entire department of people who do nothing but have contracts and documents that measure and force results by brow beating others. The loudest personalities get the most attention and dollars. That is one of the reasons I have decided to retire; I no longer feel like my contributions matter because I am not the type to flaunt my accomplishments or seek attention.


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lorris

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RE: Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

I'm not sure. I liked to think that the finer arts: literature, music, art would still rely on character over personality, but I don't think that's entirely true. It CAN be, but it doesn't have to be. Because our world is now primarily "noise" by virtue of the fact that our attention is constantly being pulled in all different directions, the type of personality that can project is the personality that gets attention. Which isn't to say that character doesn't have its own type of magnetism, it's just that it is harder to hear, harder to see because of all the other noise we face in our daily life. A culture of character is out there, I think, in many, many disciplines, you just need to "listen" for it. How about TED talks? That's a whole culture of character, I think.


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RE: Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

Surprisingly, there are retreat leaders (mostly religious/spiritual) whose retreats are always sell-out crowded, who are more character than personality. Not everyone can be Rick Warren, who I think actually illustrates both personality and culture. In some areas, such as the contemplative prayer movement, the culture of character seems to hold sway.

I agree with Lorris that the TED talks are another example. There are probably others, for example in the fine arts world.


Posted Mar. 27, 2013 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Dolena

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RE: Are there enclaves in our society where a Culture of Character still holds sway? What would a 21st century Culture of Character look like?

I cannot think of any enclave in society where a culture of character predominates. While there may be some that put underlying emphasis on the value of character over personality, it never seems to fail that sooner or later the Leader of such an enclave will graviate to personality ("the limelight") in promoting his/her enclave. I originally thought of the scientific community, thinking that it would necessarily value character over personality. But then I remembered the number of scientists who sell themselves to the public (the no-climate change theorists)(the expert witnesses)(the "I discovered something before everyone else" researcher). It seems that the lure of the spotlight pulls on every group in our society.


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