What is an Honour & Shame culture?

You may well have heard people talk about an Honour/Shame culture and that being the predominant one that we read of in the Bible. However you may not really understand what one is; either because it’s a different culture or because you’ve never really thought about your own culture. Here’s Jackson Wu to explain: What struck me was the difference in authority between the respect accorded to different figures and the very flat, everyone’s equal position of Sweden. I think there are pros and cons to both but the sheer…

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Book Review: So you’ve been publicly shamed

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson My rating: 4 of 5 stars When social media was first created (Twitter & Facebook and the like), there was a utopian dream that it would lead to bridge building, greater understand between peoples and peace on earth for all men. What actually happened was that we ended up only talking to people like us and treating everyone else as some kind of demon from the third pit of hell. What we did was bring back and amplify the power of shame.…

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The Curiosity Index (27.03.2015)

Matt Hosier has an excellent article on The Power of Shame Here is what Sweden’s generous parental leave looks like for men. The sad fact is that by the time these children are 17 a third of them won’t be living with one of the parents. Still it’s nice to have some time with your children. Sticking with Scandinavia, a tunnel was proposed between Helsinki & Tallinn. Apparently it’s not a mad idea despite costing at least $10bn. I like this project by designer Lucas Heinrich to design book covers…

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