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Said on Culture
Reading Culture and Imperialism, a book by Edward W. Said, I came across an interesting account of culture:

But the history of all cultures
is the history of cultural borrowings.
Cultures are not impermeable;
just as Western science borrowed from Arabs,
they had borrowed from India and Greece.
Culture is never just a matter of ownership,
of borrowing and lending with
absolute debtors and creditors,
but rather of appropriations,
common experiences,
and interdependencies of all kinds
among different cultures.
This is a universal norm.
Who has yet determined
how much the domination of others
contributed to the enormous wealth
of the English and French states? (217; Chapter 3.2)


Edward Said was writing in high-level English. So I will make an attempt to put that into Basic.

But the history of all cultures is the history of one culture using others. Cultures are not a wall which you are not able to go through; simply like men of science in the West made use of knowledge from Arabs, they had made use of arts from India and Greece. Culture is never simply about who is the owner, or the one-sided creditor or the credited, but more about ways of copying something, using it as their thing, having common experiences, and every sort of being dependent on one another among different cultures. This is a normal way all over the earth. No one has ever come to a decision of how much ruling over others gave help to the great amount of money the English and French governments and nations have.

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