If you asked a typical 21st century serf what they think culture is, they’ll probably say something about the characteristics that make up a people (not so succinctly and with fewer syllables, and they might need to Google. But that will be the gist). If a crowd of proles overheard, they would probably agree, while maybe adding something about spicy food.
They’re wrong. Culture is not identity. It is not cuisine, language, fashion or which side of the road you drive on. It has much more to do with whether you have roads at all.
Our word culture comes (circuitously, as always) from the Latin cultura meaning cultivation or agriculture.… Read the rest