Exercise of physical force or intimidation by the exhibition of such force.
Defined by the World Health Organization as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, mal-development, or deprivation,”
Culture is the collection of manifestations of human achievement. It is the quality in a society that comes from a concern for what is regarded as excellent in arts, letters, manners, scholarly pursuits, etc. As such it is a virtue to be honored.
Culture is not trivial. It is not decoration or artifice, the songs we sing or even the prayers we chant.
But it is a blanket of comfort that gives meaning to lives. It is a body of knowledge that allows the individual to make sense out of the infinite sensations of consciousness, to find meaning and order in a universe that ultimately has neither. Culture is a body of laws and traditions, a moral and ethical code that insulates a people from the heartless, or soul-unaware, that history suggests lies just beneath the surface of all human societies and human beings.