You can’t fix a culture like you fix a cat.

The comments thread at this AmCon post by me has turned out to be mostly about “early” marriage, which was not my intention with that post!, but it did lead me to make this point which I think is useful in many contexts:

Or, to go to a higher level of abstraction, a) structural solutions often turn out to be easy for the preexisting culture to ooze past, whereas harder and weirder solutions which focus on cultural attitudes address the roots of the problem;

and b) obvious solutions are often obvious because they play into the preexisting culture, in ways which make them easy for that culture to co-opt.

Your thoughts?

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