Learning from Other Cultures
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This paper deals with the idea of culture from the viewpoints of Friedrich Nietzsche and Joseph Pieper, as well as the writer's personal view that learning from all cultures can lead to a person's ultimate happiness. The paper provides examples from the American, Filipino, German and French cultures to demonstrate that the best option for a person, regardless of his or her ancestors' heritage, is to learn from all cultures with an emphasis on learning about his or her own culture or cultures. The paper explains that one could use knowledge of other cultures to adopt customs that would make oneself happier.
From the Paper:"According to Friedrich Nietzsche, a person should only learn about, not from, other cultures in order to appreciate his or her own culture more. While Joseph Pieper does not explicitly express his opinions about learning about or from culture, one can assume that Pieper would agree with Nietzsche that a unifying culture would create a sense of community. A main difficulty for this question that neither Nietzsche nor Pieper seem to address is how does one determine one's native culture. Then once a person establishes his or her culture, the best situation would be for the person to learn from other cultures, as this education can make him or her happier.
"Friedrich Nietzsche would say that a person should only learn from other cultures in order to support the idea that his or her culture is superior since learning from other cultures would weaken a person and the native culture. Nietzsche gives the example involving form and convention between the Germans and the French. Germans wanted to become more natural and more German by abandoning French convention. However, the plan backfired and the Germans imitated the French convention in a sloppy manner. By learning about French convention and trying to abandon it, Germans failed to remember what their own culture was prior to that and become slovenly people."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche,On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life,(Indianapolis: Hackett Pub. Co., 1980), 24
Cite this Persuasive Essay:
Learning from Other Cultures (2013, May 19) Retrieved November 28, 2023, from https://www.academon.com/persuasive-essay/learning-from-other-cultures-153300/
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