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How Far Is Too Far? The term "culture" is very broad and can be defined many ways. In Clyde Kluckhohn's book, Mirror For Man, he defines it in a variety of forms. Some of them are, "the total way of a like of people," or "a set of techniques for adjusting both to the external environment, and to other men," and finally, "a theory on the part of the anthropologist about the way in which a group of people in fact behave." I agree with all of these definitions, however I have created my own. I think that culture can be defined as "the combination of customs, traditions, and beliefs that a certain group of people adhere to." It is the "honor code" that certain countries or organizations of people follow.

Cultures vary depending on location, climate, and historical background. Each culture has its own separate identity that we can distinguish them by.

Therefore, there is no right or wrong culture. If each culture remains in it's own place, you can't judge or make assumptions about the culture. This is because you will never understand the development of their culture and the way that they were shaped. However, if people bring their own cultures to different countries, they should be restricted to keeping to themselves. As long as cultures don't impede and impose on others, the mixing of cultures is fine. Voicing an opinion and critiquing a culture is one thing, and interfering with a culture is another. What happens when a foreign practice such as female circumcision takes place in the U.S? This brings up the question of government interference.

It is necessary to draw a line that separates the acceptable from the unacceptable. This line is called the global moral minimum. It basically tells us how far...