Culture and Behavior: Where Do You Set the Bar for Bad Behavior?

I think some races or cultures set the bar higher.

The White culture I grew up in set a pretty high bar for lowlife behavior.

The Hispanic cultures around here set a somewhat lower but still significant bar for scummy behavior.

The Indian and Arab cultures around here set a quite high bar for bad behavior. I think it is set even higher than mine was.

Asians are well-known for having extremely high bars for bad behaviors. Almost too high. Different Asian cultures set the bar at different levels though. Japanese set a much higher bar than Filipinos.

Black cultures are actually quite variable. Alpha grew up in a quite functional small town Black culture in the South where, if anything, the bar for bad behavior seems to have been set even higher than mine was!

I just think that a certain type of Black culture(s) (probably constituting 50%+ of US Blacks) set a low bar for bad behavior. My advice to make that culture better would be that they need to set a higher bar for lowlife behavior.

Wherever you set the bar, there are going to be people like me who like to hang right down there around the bar. Not really below it but right around the bar itself, teasing it. My bar was set pretty high, so even when I behave terribly, to tell the truth, I’m not acting all that bad. It’s only a bit bad in terms of my strict culture.

Most people no matter what culture are going to want to be on top of that bar. Social stigma is an actual thing, and for a lot of folks, it stings worse than a yellowjacket. Social stigma is a very effective tool for promoting good behavior in any cultures and most cultures other than totally collapsed ones seem to use this. Carrots taste great but people respond to sticks too, especially big ones swung hard.

The lower you set that bar for bad behavior, the more freedom you are giving people to act bad, and if you give people that freedom, a lot of them will do just that. If I have learned anything in 62 years, it is that humans are not real great and a lot of them are pretty damned lousy. Not to say there are not a lot of great folks out there. We have a lot great people right here on this site. But they share the planet with a vast number of lousy ones.

That’s why it doesn’t matter so much where  people are in your culture in terms of the bar itself because people will probably distribute themselves above, at, and below the bar in similar ways across cultures. Instead it matters more in the sense of where you set the bar itself.

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4 thoughts on “Culture and Behavior: Where Do You Set the Bar for Bad Behavior?”

  1. With all due respect to Alpha, the percentage of US Blacks setting a low bar is WAY WAY more than 50, probably closer to 95 or so especially in big cities like Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, or Baltimore (and many others).

    Given the sheer horrorshow that they have made of their “communities” and their increasing propensity to deliberately target whites with ever increasing levels of violent savagery up to and including murder, it is a shame that there is far less “racial profiling” than there used to be now that they and their culture is so relentlessly venerated.

    1. Black culture is “relentlessly venerated”? Are you kidding? In most discussions about “Black culture,” nobody has anything good to say about it. A lot of people even claim that Black Americans don’t have a culture. Black people – both American and foreign – are often guilty of saying this themselves.

  2. Northeast Asian culture comes across as snobby. I mean, if these were whites – they would be considered the most snobby whites.

    Black Americans? Well, genetics is a problem – but even if fixed (marrying whites or northeast Asians), the environment is another problem. For instance, the environments in Brazil, or even in Chicago, are way worse than in Tennessee.

    Well, anyway, standards are good – but not being a priss butt-hole – and, of course, don’t be a hypocrite with your rules.

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