Which nation epitomizes high culture (in the past and present)?

May 19 48 Comments

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  • Salesforce op
    Loled at India as an epitome of current high culture.
    May 19 11
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      We did travel (and saw India). It is full of culture, extremely abundant of diversity in term of that. But it is not HIGH culture
      May 19
    • OP
      Perhaps the same could be said of the US.
      May 19
    • Google Mr. GIass
      But that'll hurt the fragile feelings of the people of the US.
      May 19
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      acmfmore
      The same could be said of the US, definitely !
      May 19
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      India is definitely not high culture, and US is definitely lacking in culture too. But much of Europe has cultural magnificence.
      May 19
  • Amazon Northman
    Yeah, I have nothing against India, but I think this poll is showing the bias of the audience here.
    May 19 2
    • Apple / Eng kGUv48
      Or maybe the poll is showing how racist you are for saying that?
      May 19
    • Amazon Northman
      India was, at the time I wrote my post, far and away the number one response. India does have a reasonably strong historical "high culture" of Sanskrit literature and artwork, for sure, but it was massively overrepresented due to the makeup of Blind users. Note: I was a physics and CS major, but also studied Sanskrit as well as Hindu artwork and mythology in college here in the US. Doesn't prove I am not racist, but I think you misread me.
      May 19
  • Microsoft not-a-dev
    The pinnacles of high culture imho were:
    - Roman / Hellenic empire in the classic era
    - the renaissance in what is modern Italy
    May 19 8
    • Microsoft not-a-dev
      @iiipo you definitely have, you just don’t know it
      - Dante Alighieri wrote the comedy. Most famous part is the Inferno, which has been used in many adaptations in movies, video games, etc.
      - Andrea Palladio was the most famous architect of the 16th century. His works inspired many buildings also in the US, including the White House: https://slate.com/culture/2010/05/how-andrea-palladio-influenced-the-design-of-the-white-house-the-new-york-stock-exchange-and-other-american-landmarks.html
      May 19
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    • OP
      Shakespeare borrowed from other playwrights and refined their works. Cicero owed to his upbringing in Greek. Proust was influenced by Russian authors. And none of them are lowbrows.

      Cross-cultural analysis may involve comparing specific instances and broad movements in art, but not name-calling.
      May 19
    • Microsoft not-a-dev
      @Jump start
      Everyone borrows from everyone and that doesn’t decrease the quality of works or their significance. No need to be a jerk and start calling people names.
      Ps: reported
      May 19
    • Travelport / Eng buttnpushr
      China had accomplished much more during those eras. The problem was the same behemoth of an imperial system that made those accomplishments possible also made it possible to snuff entire fields of innovation during some petty power struggles. See how they dismantled their entire navy.
      May 19
  • Amazon / Eng DeepObsess
    Might as well change the question to "where you from?"
    May 19 0
  • TuneIn iiipo
    You also missed Iran (ancient Persia), or does the embargo also apply to anonymous polls?
    May 19 2
    • OP
      Thanks for pointing that out, although I am not engaged in present-day politics. Do you have any particular masterpieces to recommend, e.g. ancient literature or old masters?
      May 19
    • TuneIn iiipo
      I'm not familiar with Persian culture, but they are one of the major civilization throughout history.

      Oh, and Egypt, they have some sort of triangle tower that's kinda neat.
      May 19
  • Splunk spl
    India? Are you high? 😂
    May 19 3
    • Facebook ghinacci
      Have you ever travelled to or read about India? Or just simply opinionated because of your poor substandard education system?
      May 19
    • Splunk spl
      Yes I have traveled all over the world. And, I have fantastic education from a European country. And I can certainly confirm India does not “epitomize” high culture since that is the question in the title!!!!
      May 20
    • Facebook ghinacci
      ROFL...Fantastic education....ahem ahem!!
      May 20
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    France is hard to beat on that.I lived in many countries as a child (not bragging here) as kid of 2 diplomats, and never seen such an emphasis on teaching Culture as France does it
    May 19 3
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      Schools bring weekly their 6 years old kids go to the Opera, Plays, museums, castles, theaters, independent movies as part of their curriculum until they reach 18.. Those arts are then analyzed and studied as part of the course (history, French literature etc.)
      May 19
    • OP
      That is wonderful, and I have heard of the rigorous mathematical education as well (where calculus is taught as analysis). It is an envious upbringing.
      May 19
    • Twitter Jump start
      That is why their income taxes are over 100%
      May 19
  • Amazon ChivalryAF
    India can be considered high culture. It DOES have a lot of rich cultural history so that’s def a thing.
    May 19 1
  • NBCUniversal gVirus
    “India” 😂
    May 19 0
  • OP
    Should I repoll with fewer options?

    France, England, Italy, China, Greece, Russia, Germany, Japan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

    (quality > quantity,
    Cannes > Oscars/Hollywood & Bollywood)
    May 19 2
    • Twitter Jump start
      Nobody ever talks about Canned
      May 19
    • OP
      that's mostly true in middle class America...
      May 19
  • New 18473
    Why did you leave Canada out?
    May 19 0
  • Salesforce linusklava
    SF is a very strange place. Simultaneous mix of high culture and hatred of high culture advocating for the common people. Like the proletariat cultural revolution lol 🤔
    May 19 0
  • Microsoft gfba68
    None of them, really. In a globalised world high culture is a mish mash
    May 19 0
  • Arthrex QeWE06
    I would be intrigued by a survey asking what will represent an utopian society of future
    May 19 0
  • Zillow Group o-/-<
    Prestigious Culture
    May 19 0