Culture gap

by Richard on April 26, 2004

Wood has struggled to explain British attitudes on firearm ownership to his American friends.

Haven’t we all?

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Wood 04.27.04 at 8:02 am

Well, quite.

I found the fact that William Gibson explained it in terms of aa American’s reaction to the notion of “class” quite helpful, though. Haven’t had any feedback from any Americans, though.

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Richard 04.27.04 at 8:26 am

I thought it was helpful too.
For me, the culture gap was illustrated by differing attitudes to health care. Most British would regard the NHS as a national treasure (even more valuable than Prince Philip, Mike!) and undeniably A Good Thing. But the Americans I’ve spoken to about it (which I admit were hardly a representative sample) seemed to regard it as a work of the devil, an evil manifestation of communism.
I need to keep reminding myself that our well-constructed rational arguments often rest on cultural assumptions - if those are not shared or at least made explicit, the arguments coming from them are not going to make sense.

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