RE: I don’t even think my own culture is the best - just somewhere in the middle.
OK, since we’re into worse, better and best. By what criteria or standard do we judge which culture is “better” or “worse” than another?
And for that matter, how do we strive to be the “best”?
In a three point NBA shooting contest, BEST is hitting 25 out of 25 from different angles on the court. We HAVE a standard.
By what standard do we judge culture?
The first thing you have to get postmodernists and multiculturalists to acknowledge is that such an objective standard exists.
This is pretty easy to establish as there are some beliefs and behaviors that are inherently considered good or bad, and not all cultures exhibit even these.
Now, I’ve heard of conversations with postmodernists who were so vehement in maintaining their worldview that they, even against their own conscience, would refuse to condemn the policies of Hitler. But you won’t run into these very often, and even when you do...
2 Tim 3:9 But they will not get very far because, as in the case of those men, their folly will be clear to everyone.
I would say the leading criteria would be the degree to which a culture maximizes individual freedom. Note,that this isn't a call to anarchy, because any intellegent person will realize that anarchy very quickly devolves to a 'lord of the flies' situation. We institute government to protect our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I think Thomas Jefferson pretty much nailed it.
Our present-day culture is middling. If we return to pre-flower-power values, that would be better..