It should be obvious that I have a different opinion.
My favorite story about changing culture involves a deer camp (hunting club) in Michigan. They owned some property "up North" and managed it in ways that were traditional for the time. Nearly all the members "got their buck" each year. A few of them were dandy but most were run-of-the-mill.
Members could still shoot does to have meat for the freezer.
|No, this is not a picture of me. This is a hunter in Ohio.|
Now, the hunter would be forced to pony up $400 for the professional mount and have to endure two full deer seasons of being ribbed by the guys who had the patience to wait---an adult trait---for a big buck. The hunters were held accountable. They had been talking-the-talk, now they also had to walk-the-walk.
It became very easy to not shoot the little ones.
From a more macro perspective: Hunters kill bucks for status. Displaying those bucks for two seasons will enhance that status. It was the next logical step. Surely an adult would not shoot an animal he was not proud of...would he?
It was also a great motivational and recruiting tool for the club. It is easier to wait for a big one when you walk the Hall of Heroes twice a day and see the actual mossy-backs that are on the property.
Why do so many people believe "You cannot change culture"?
I believe that most people do not want to believe that culture can be changed because they would have to discard some of their most cherished beliefs. Or, if not discard those sacred cows, then soften them from immutable laws to something squishy like "desirable ends".
They quail at taking "the next logical step" especially if the next logical step involves holding people accountable.
In many cases they perceive "accountability" as bad. They fail to recognize that "accountability" is the prime marker of adulthood. Absolving humans of the need to be accountable puts them into a state of arrested adolescence. The same drive that motivates hunters, "I am a competent man. I am a person to be respected. A force to be reckoned with." becomes twisted and toxic when the person is trapped in a state of arrested adolescence.
In the long run, absolving people of accountability is not doing them any favors. How would you feel if you were always treated like a daffy, irresponsible 15 year old? Angry?