it must reflect how modern people live their lives. It must be forward looking and focused on the future while considering how much people can accept in the present. A culture that is not forward looking is not likely to survive long and is a source of constant friction, both internally and externally.
One clear ramification of this vital indicator is a need for a simple revival of so-called traditional values and practices. A naïve approach based on the wholesale adoption of glorious ancient traditions of a particular dynasty and belief system should be discouraged, unless a good case can be made that such traditions and beliefs are most appropriate. Many belief systems and associated rules and rituals are no longer relevant in today’s world. Another example of a major change at the societal level in the modern era is the complete rejection of discrimination or stereotyping. A culture must avoid typecasting people based on gender, age or other characteristics (e.g., gender based division of labor in which men are responsible for work outside the home and women are responsible for work inside the home), even if they are traditionally accepted, or even celebrated.