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Joe Boot

We live in a culture that is morally adrift, desperately searching for meaning and absolutes to anchor the soul.

Culture | Meaning | Soul |

Robert E. Carter, fully Robert Edgar Carter

What is wrong with our culture is that it often offers us an inaccurate conception of the self. It depicts the personal self as existing in competition with and in opposition with and in opposition to nature. We thereby fail to realize that if we destroy our environment, we are destroying what is in fact our larger self.

Competition | Culture | Destroy | Nature | Opposition | Self | Wrong |

Alan Thein Durning

Lowering consumption need not deprive people of goods and services that really matter. To the contrary, life’ most meaningful and pleasant activities are often paragons of environmental virtue. The preponderance of things that people name as their most rewarding pastimes are infinitely sustainable. Religious practice, conversation, family and community gatherings, theater, music, dance, literature, sports, poetry, artistic and creative pursuits, education, and appreciation of nature all fit readily into a culture of permanence – a way of life that can endure through countless generations.

Appreciation | Conversation | Culture | Education | Family | Life | Life | Literature | Music | Nature | Need | People | Poetry | Practice | Virtue | Virtue | Appreciation |

Charles Darwin, fully Charles Robert Darwin

The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.

Control | Culture |

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Piety is not an end, but a means: a means of attaining the highest culture through the purest tranquility of soul.

Culture | Means | Piety | Soul |

Derrick Jensen

We can flow along with the mainstream of a culture that does not serve us well – does not really make us comfortable, does not really make us safe; but only offers illusions of happiness, comfort, safety – or we can begin the oftentimes prickly work of searching our own hearts, of asking who and what we love, who and what we feel strongly enough about to change our lives for, to fight for, to live for.

Change | Comfort | Culture | Enough | Love | Safe | Work |

Thomas Lickona, fully Thomas Edward Lickona

Virtues transcend time and culture (although their cultural expression may vary); justice and kindness, for example, will always and everywhere be virtues, regardless of how many people exhibit them.

Culture | Example | Justice | Kindness | People | Time | Will |

Greil Marcus

It is a sure sign that a culture has reached a dead end when it is no longer intrigued by its myths.

Culture |

Antonio Machado, fully Antonio Cipriano José María y Francisco de Santa Ana Machado y Ruiz

Wherever learning breeds specialists, the sum of human culture is enhanced thereby. That is the illusion and consolation of specialists.

Consolation | Culture | Illusion | Learning |

Arthur W Osborn

The most potent force in the world is an idea which, when organized into a body of concepts, becomes a culture and way of life. Concepts are psychological lenses focusing our experiences. Our physical eyes bring their reports but our conceptual lenses interpret them. If we would “know ourselves” it is a paramount necessity that we should examine critically and impartially our conceptual heritage and endeavor to discover why we accept or reject it.

Body | Culture | Force | Life | Life | Necessity | World |

Christian Friedrich Hebbel

What a vast difference there is between the barbarism that precedes culture and the barbarism that follows it.

Barbarism | Culture |

Confucius, aka Kong Qiu, Zhongni, K'ung Fu-tzu or Kong Fuzi NULL

When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant.

Culture | Nature |

Daniel Goleman

Even though a high IQ is no guarantee of prosperity, prestige, or happiness in life, our schools and our culture fixate on academic abilities, ignoring the emotional intelligence that also matters immensely for our personal destiny.

Culture | Destiny | Guarantee | Intelligence | Life | Life | Prosperity | Happiness |