mm137: Intriguing wisdom, found on the way to finding other things…

September 11, 2007

MUDGE’S Musings

Courtesy of is this fascinating nugget.

Another way of looking at our world…

Inglehart-Welzel Cultural Map of the World

This map reflects the fact that a large number of basic values are closely correlated; they can be depicted in just major two dimensions of cross-cultural variation.


This version of the graphic has been reduced slightly from the original, so you might want to check it out on the site itself…

[Per L-HC’s reformed process, please click the link below for the complete article — but then please come on back!]

Link to the story

An unusual way to look at the world, indeed.

One wonders whether the researchers began with an outcome in mind, and drew their map to fit their preconceptions:

Finally, societies that rank high on self-expression values also tend to rank high on interpersonal trust.

This produces a culture of trust and tolerance, in which people place a relatively high value on individual freedom and self-expression, and have activist political orientations. These are precisely the attributes that the political culture literature defines as crucial to democracy.

If a democratic world is the goal, a whole lot of “continental drift” is going to be necessary…

It’s it for now. Thanks,