7 Apr 2011
A very interesting essay. I suppose all societies are shame societies up to a point. However, some, for example Islamic, Chinese and some parts of South America take it further and must expunge shame by killing the person - typically a woman - who shamed them, even if this was innocently done.
19 Apr 2011
Yes, but traditional and modern societties manage shame in directly opposite ways. The former exaggerate it, which muffles the individual. Because creativity comes almost entirely from creative individuals, there is too little change to keep up.
Modern societies, hide shame, which has two main impacts: withdrawal and passivity, on the one hand, or anger, aggression/violence on the other. Both reactions are catastrophes for the human reace, and indeed, threaten our very existence.