The culture of these people, includes atheist, who assume the culture created by the war God of Christians, is just a matter of human nature. They don't know of other cultures, so they do not know there aggressiveness and competitiveness is a matter of culture.
We have also confused barbarism with paganism and primitive, largely because it is the prejudices of Christianity that has defined our reality. This contributes to our false understanding of human nature. We look down on cooperative, non aggressive people as ignorant, lazy, unworthy, or perhaps childlike. To be worthy is to be like them, aggressive, competitive, in your face.
Quakers were the strongest supporters of public education and what once was the culture transmitted through public education. The north attempted to resolve the slavery issue with education, but the south caught on and began printing its own text books. The bible can be used to forbid slavery or to support it, and of course the south used the bible to support slavery. Quakers read the bible to say we should love everyone and treat everyone as Jesus would have us do. There is a very important difference between these points of view.
The American sense of equality starts with the Quakers, and went through public education and to create our culture. A part of our culture that is now questioned, as the Republicans argue to cut food supplements and all social assistance programs, and maintain wealth in the hands of a few. How we interpret the bible makes a big difference in our goodness.
Some of that wealth is made producing and selling games where the player kills police and citizens. It is argued this aggressiveness is human nature and we should have this freedom to indulge our lowest impulses if we want, because as atheist insure us there is no God and therefore punishment for indulging our lower, animal selves. Atheist and Christians will assure us we are not people of God, and we have forgotten morality is about logic, not just a religious matter, and civilization is something that is learned. We no longer understand, logos, Rita, moral reasoning, but fight for our freedoms to do as we please, at home and around the world. Invading and attempting to conquer other countries and supporting military force above a decent standard and health care for our own. Hey, God will take care of the deserving, right, and the people of God know they are doing his will, right? Poverty, human neglect and crime, is not about economic reality is it? How good is our culture?
Edited by me-wonders, 21 December 2012 - 06:32 PM.