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Are Some Cultures Better than Others?
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#2
That depends on wether or not you wish to survive and/or prosper.
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Need to define better.
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(08-07-2018, 04:18 PM)tdogg Wrote: Need to define better.

I'm with Dave Gillie in believing we need to stick to dictionary definitions of words in order to most effectively communicate.  Thus I define better as:

"bet·ter1
ˈbedər/
adjective
adjective: better
  1. 1.
    of a more excellent or effective type or quality.
    "hoping for better weather"
    synonyms:
    superior, finer, of higher quality; More
    preferable;
    informala cut above, head and shoulders above, ahead of the pack/field
    "better facilities"


    antonyms:
    worse, inferior
    • more appropriate, advantageous, or well advised.
      "there couldn't be a better time to start this job"
      synonyms:
      more advantageous, more suitable, more fitting, more appropriate, more useful, more valuable, more desirable
      "there couldn't be a better time"

      antonyms:
      worse
  2. 2.
    partly or fully recovered from illness, injury, or mental stress; less unwell.
    "she's much better today"
    synonyms:
    healthier, fitter, stronger; More
    well, cured, healed, recovered;
    recovering, on the road to recovery, making progress, improving;
    informalon the mend
    "are you better?"


    antonyms:
    worse, sicker
adverb
adverb: better
  1. 1.
    more excellently or effectively.
    "Johnny could do better if he tried"
    synonyms:
    to a higher standard, in a superior/finer way
    "I played better today"
    • to a greater degree; more.
      "I liked it better when we lived in the country"
      synonyms:
      more, to a greater degree/extent
      "this may suit you better"

    • more suitably, appropriately, or usefully.
      "the money could be better spent on more urgent cases"
      synonyms:
      more wisely, more sensibly, more suitably, more fittingly, more advantageously
      "the money could be better spent"

noun
noun: better; plural noun: betters; plural noun: one's betters
  1. 1.
    the better one; that which is better.
    "the Natural History Museum book is by far the better of the two"

  2. 2.
    datedhumorous
    one's superiors in social class or ability.
    "amusing themselves by imitating their betters"

verb
verb: better; 3rd person present: betters; past tense: bettered; past participle: bettered; gerund or present participle: bettering
  1. 1.
    improve on or surpass (an existing or previous level or achievement).
    "bettering his previous time by ten minutes"
    synonyms:
    surpass, improve on, beat, exceed, top, cap, trump, eclipse
    "he bettered the record"
    • make (something) better; improve.
      "his ideas for bettering the working conditions"
      synonyms:
      improve, ameliorate, raise, advance, further, lift, upgrade, enhance
      "refugees who want to better their lot"

      antonyms:
      worsen
    • achieve a better social position or status.
      "the residents are mostly welfare mothers who have bettered themselves"

    • overcome or defeat (someone).
      "she bettered him at archery""
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    • I see no no need to seek a better definition of better than the one presented above.  Using that definition some cultures are vastly better than others.

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. - Winston Churchill
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I am a "moral objectivist".  Like philosopher David Hume says, morals may be relative now, but that's not what is important.  What is important is what morals should be.

So in that sense, the culture that has morals closest to what they should be is "better".

Then you have to address the issue of what morals "should be".

An atheist will differ from a Christian who will differ from a Muslim about the issue of what morals should be.

I like morals that contribute to long-term human species and individual survival and happiness the best.
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(08-12-2018, 07:07 PM)Innocynic Wrote:
(08-07-2018, 04:18 PM)tdogg Wrote: Need to define better.

I'm with Dave Gillie in believing we need to stick to dictionary definitions 

That would be just wonderful if Dave knew how to read or communicate  .............
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For me it's not so much what's moral - it's simply what works.

Morals change over time, even in one lifetime. It doesn't matter.
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(08-13-2018, 05:08 AM)andrew_o Wrote: For me it's not so much what's moral - it's simply what works.

Morals change over time, even in one lifetime. It doesn't matter.

Good point, Andrewo. When anyone asks me if I am a Democrat or a Republican I reply that I am a Pragmatist with Liberrtarian sympathies. But what works can change over time just as what is moral can.

It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right. - Winston Churchill
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(08-13-2018, 07:44 PM)Innocynic Wrote:
(08-13-2018, 05:08 AM)andrew_o Wrote: For me it's not so much what's moral - it's simply what works.

Morals change over time, even in one lifetime. It doesn't matter.

Good point, Andrewo. When anyone asks me if I am a Democrat or a Republican I reply that I am a Pragmatist with Liberrtarian sympathies.  But what works can change over time just as what is moral can.

The Democrats you might have voted for 40 years ago aren't the Democrats you (hopefully won't) vote for now.
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