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Zonder bewustzijn echter geen vragen. Karl Scheffler 1 herinnert er aan, dat de moderne mens terugkijkt op duizenden jaren en tracht zich daarvan rekenschap te geven, er bewustzijn aan te ontwikkelen, hij daarmee echter tevens een deel van zijn spontane gevoel voor het natuurlijke inboet, terwijl het denken dikwijls tot conc1usies komt, die eenvoudigen van geest reeds in oertijden bezaten. " Pas laat in de geschiedenis der culturen, in de Griekse tijd, ontwikkelde zich het denken zoals wij het verstaan.

Ongemerkt stappen wij min of meer over op het eenrichtingsverkeer: de monoloog. Dit kan ook omdat een mens in staat is met behulp van by. V. gelijktijdig aan duizenden kijkers informatie over te dragen. Discussie over die informatie is echter nauwelijks mogelijk, want de apparatuur is dikwijls te veel ingesteld op solozang en collectieve massale beinvloeding (onderschriften bij het beeld verdwijnen dan by. te snel voor het opnemings- en verwerkingsvermogen). Daardoor zijn wij bezig het communicatieproces te verschralen.

Bij vergelijkend cultuuronderzoek blijken binnen vergelijkbare structuren uiteenlopende gedragspatronen voor te komen. Wat dit betreft, blijft Ruth Benedicts Patterns of culture nog altijd boeiende lectuur. De geschiedenis levert ons voorbeelden van pacifistische culturen in dichtbevolkte gebieden en van strijdlust in bijna lege streken. Overbevolking kan zowelleiden tot versterkte agressiviteit als tot eensgezindheid in de oplossing van problemen waarvoor men zich in groepsverband geplaatst weet.

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