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28 November, 2010

A Question for the Conservative

Consider the following:
  1.  Social norms are customary rules of behavior that coordinate our interactions with others.
    1.A Culture is ultimately a social phenomena; the phrase “cultural norms” should be regarded as synonymous with “social norms.”
  2.  Social norms influence all interpersonal decisions an individual may make.
    2.A. By extension, social norms are the basis of the moral, ethical, or cultural order(s) that govern the behavior of any grouping of individuals.
  3. Being social, the influence social norms have over an individual’s decision making process is dependent on the strength of the social ties these norms apply to.
    3.A. By extension, the moral, ethical, or cultural order(s) that govern the behavior of any grouping of individuals is dependent on the strength of the social ties that bind the group together.

The Question: When elements (or even the entirety) of a moral, ethical, or cultural order falls into disuse and disrepute, is it ideas that have lost their influence, or people?