Cultural Change And Adaptation In Culture

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Whether we want to address or not, there is a social class delineation in our culture and America. Our country was founded by the British which had a class system and to a point it continues today. Most cultures and classes have branched out and crossed boundaries; however, some people and social classes may not adapt to change and may refuse to cross class boundaries. This paper discusses the difference of opinions regarding change and adaptation in culture between Schwable and Sowell and argues the point that adjustments are necessary in culture. Schwable takes a utilitarian and devil’s advocate approach to discussing cultural change and adaptation. He asks posing questions and makes comments that promote intense thought and discussion. …show more content…
3 works a low paying job or has limited education. To me, this is a liability. To Schwable, this is cause for jubilation. Sowell has a much different approach and thought process from Schwable regarding change and adaptation. His thoughts are more aligned to how America has developed since its British endowment. Sowell provides many examples of how America, its cultures, and societies have blended and built upon each other to create the diversity we are accustomed. He uses a prime example of how humans, our environment, ideas, and advancements transfer. “The entire history of the human race, the rise of man from the caves, has been marked by transfers of cultural advances from one group to another and from one civilization to another. Printing and paper, vital to Western Civilization was originated in China.” (Sowell pg. 1) The Sowell approach to change and adaption is the foundation of what we are taught in school and the workforce. His approach is more malleable, more workable, and more comforting than …show more content…
We have seen this concept work from the time of cavemen till today. Sowell gives many examples such as “Most of the rice grown in Africa originated in Asia. Rolled manuscripts were once the medium for recording history. However, China advanced this medium by creating paper and printing books.” (Sowell pg. 1) Another example of adaptation is that I am a product of working for a financial institution. Prior to this career, I was not concerned with business ethics, nor was I constantly watching for fraudulent emails and activities. However, I adapted to the financial environment and my company’s ethics became mine. Another example of adaptation is my work environment. My coworker and I are in close quarters with each other. We both have to adapt to each other’s
Cultural Change and Adaption: Is it Good or Bad? 4 quirks, thought processes, work ethics, and personalities. We are our own little two person society. I feel adaptation is important for my survival and for cultural survival as well. It seems society and I lean more towards Sowell’s version of change and adaptation. Although, I am sure there are proponents for Schwable’s version of change and adaptation. Since I and most of our culture favors Sowell’s adaptation of change it is important that we envelope Schwable’s version as well. We can take from both and create a better

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