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Clark, LindsayANTH 101Section 13, Heidi KlompFinal Simple Quiz: Part 2People all over the world are all different—each has their own eccentricities that mark them as an individual. These separate opinions and mannerisms often derive from topics common to all on this earth, for instance: whether to stick with tried-and-true tradition or to risk modernization; the division of power between classes, government, and the people; bonds within the family unit; the perception of a woman’s role. These arise from the different upbringings different cultures give to their new generations—what they teach them, for opinions form off the ideas of others. The differences that people have between and within cultures are more important to me than their commonalties, for commonalties tend to generalize to heighten the community, whereas differences tend to show more of the individual. The individual is more important than the community, for, As Dr. Crandall says in A Short Introduction to Anthropology, “any theory that attempts to explain human behavior and human society without accounting for human individuality and human intellectual proclivities distorts the reality of human experience” (Crandall 6).Many cultures today try to have an integration of modernization and the tradition that defines them—however, some are stuck in their reliable traditions, for sometimes the change to modernization may be too great a financial and economic risk. The article “How Farmers are Saving the Soil” tells of the dangers of turning the soil before planting a field, for it “is a leading cause of farmland degradation … one of the most serious environmental problems worldwide” (Reganold and Huggins). So, the practice of no-till planting is starting to gain popularity for its
environmental-friendliness. However, it’s not catching on with the vast majority of farmers because “although farmers accept that agriculture is not a fail-safe profession, they will hesitate to adopt a new farming practice if the risk of failure is greater than in conventional practice,” which the No-Till farming practice has (Reganold and Huggins). In the film Gross National Happiness, the country of Bhutan, unlike the farmers, has made success in still preserving the tried-and-true tradition while modernizing. The people have to have the will to preserve