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phil rimmer's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by phil rimmer

Jewish culture for me is bound up in the diasporic heritage of being a reviled people. They are a "people" as much held together by outside pressures as by an internal glue.

For some the glue is the thing and the hyper traditions surrounding identity prevail as a predominantly self protective act. For geographically rootless others self preservation is achieved with the acquisition of portable wealth. The real gold here, of course, is the disproportionate acquisition of skills and learning.

Elsewhere I have talked about how the excellence of individuals is enabled by the excellence of their cultures. Cultures do vary wildly in their nurturing ability.

The Jewish intellectual cultural heritage and the hyper tradition heritage are quite separate in my view. They both form on the substrate of the diasporic, reviled people as reactive strategies.

One has given us extraordinary value.

Fri, 17 Aug 2012 08:21:51 UTC | #950923