What is a cultured person? What factors determine whether a person is cultured or not? How does one's socioeconomic class of birth determines whether a person is cultured?
I would define a cultured person as any individual who is open to and actively learning how to function within an accepted societal construct.
In determining whether a person is cultured or not, ignoring pure subjectivity, the only three factors I take into account are openness to learning, ability to learn, and how they present what they have learned.
Your socioeconomic class of birth can determine whether or not you are cultured based on quite a few factors. The subjective perceptions of those around you would be the most prominent factor. Inherent "privilege" of being born wealthier and in a wealthier area where you are not surrounded by "unfavorable" dispositions and more opportunities is a good factor to consider. There is also the inherent qualities of an area's demographic to either be forced to accept other cultures, or to adhere strictly to the culture of your peers.
A really good set of questions, and I could expand if you'd like to narrow it down to more focal-pointed questions.
Being cultured means appreciating the finer things of life. People who are cultured are quite knowledgeable about plays, operas, fine restaurants, traveling & other aspects of culture. Cultured people are on Maslow's higher human needs scale. They view life as beyond the animalistic rudiments. People who are cultured value the higher human needs such as appreciation of beauty. Cultured people are civilized in its truest meaning.
Socioeconomic class of origin is highly influential as to whether a person is cultured or not. People who come from solidly middle, upper middle, & upper class backgrounds tend to be cultured as their parents exposed them to myriad cultural opportunities as children. People who come from lower middle, working, & lower class backgrounds aren't cultured. In fact, such people are uncultured & remain so although they may advance upwardly. For example, Vanessa Williams & Charlize Theron who came from affluent backgrounds are cultured. Mark Wahlberg who came from a poor background is uncultured.
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