I’ve been reading, and enjoying immensely, Transcendence, by Gaia Vince. I tell people that I hope everything she cites is documented and supported1 because she weaves such a wonderful tapestry about what it means to be human. Definitely worth a read.
The most recent chapter I’ve read includes a fascinating discussion of honor culture, with a focus on its Southern/Confederate expression. Here’s an excerpt2:
These kinds of behavior are deep-rooted…but they’re learned, and can therefore be unlearned. They can also be changed over time, with concerted effort.
Maybe it’s time we started teaching ourselves about ourselves :). So we, and our descendants, can do a better job of being human.