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Sflori, I think you put it pretty succinctly and from a Christian/Jewish/Muslim perspective. Even those of us who are not Christians but grew-up in the western culture tend to view life from that perspective. How could we not? For thousands of years we have been under its influence in our society. So even if you're not a Christian, you know who Jesus was and you know something about his views on life. You also understand your relationships with others and with nature from that cultural perspective. It is nearly impossible not to.
In contrast, a very smalll, teeny-tiny number of us have any idea who Arjuna or Siddhartha were and in perhaps knowing, we most likely are culturally still Abrahamic. Thus, when we communicate with a Muslim or Jew or Christian, we have a shared understanding of Man's relationships. But when we speak with a Confuscian, Bahai, Taoist, Buddhist, Zoroastrian, or Hindu, we lack fundamental, common cultural sign-posts.
However, there is a global change underway. In a couple of generations I believe that almost everybody on the planet will share a common culture to a degree not seen since bipedal apes wandered central Africa. The common culture will be derived from a science. We will come increasingly to see ourselves as a coenocyte rather than collection of individuals. We will gain some benefit, perhaps a lot of benefit from that, but we will lose an awful lot of interesting cultural diversity.
The greatest change will be in the paradigmatic shift from Man as a spiritual being to Man as part of nature. One accidental outcome from a universe of probabilities. Cold comfort is the ultimate truth of a science-based society.
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