Build your own culture

Finished reading Steven Pinker’s The Blank Slate, which studies how true believers in the perfectability of mankind have been mucking up the world for the past hundred years. In brief, Pinker states a culture isn’t some monolithic all-powerful beast forcing us to live and act a certain way; it’s merely a collection of best practices gathered over the past 100,000 years.

If you don’t like your culture, build a new one, starting with you and your immediate circle. Related:

There’s no such thing as society. There are individual men and women and there are families.

Margaret Thatcher