Humans are Weird - Culture
Okay so I absolutely LOOOVE the Humans are weird/space orcs conversation going around (I just reblogged a bunch of them). Anyway, it got me thinking. In MOST science fiction, every alien encountered that is intelligent enough to have a culture, has one culture throughout the entire species. What if it wasn’t just lazy writing, but that Humans are totally unique in that. Not only do we have many different cultures, but the complexity increases every time you get mixtures of them because of people living in different places or being born into mixed families etc. It would confuse the FUCK out of aliens the moment they encounter more and more Humans and NONE of them have ANY consistency.
Alien: *makes the two-finger peace sign*
Human: Woah, hey can you not do that, please?
Alien: Do what?
Human: That hand sign. It’s very rude.
Alien: But… that other Human said it meant peace.
Human: Oh, for them it might be, but not for us.
Alien: I don’t understand.
Human: Where I come from, that sign is rude. It might be fine for where that other Human came from so they probably thought nothing of it.
Alien: But… you come from the same place?
Human: Yes and no. We both come from Earth, but from two very different parts of Earth. We do things differently. Sometimes it feels like we’re just as alien to each other as you are to me.
Alien: Wait, there are two groups of Humans who just do things completely different ways for no reason at all.
Human: Ah, no mate. We’ve got HUNDREDS of different groups.