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.