What if Something is Missing?
I’ve been reading Andy Crouch’s book, Culture Making, and I am struck by a section on how he talks about changing culture. He says you can’t do it by imitating it, criticizing or critiquing it, or consuming it. You change culture by creating it. You make something new to replace something else.
But here’s the problem with creating culture:
The philosopher Albert Borgmann has observed, human cultures have the strange yet fortunate property of always being full. No culture experiences itself as thin or incomplete… Consequently, cultural change will only happen when something new displaces, to some extent, existing culture in a very tangible way.*
You see, cultures always feel they are full. They always think they have it all together. They always assume they have everything they need to be happy.