I was on a drive back from a massage when I got into deep thoughts about letting go of it all and experiences I've had where I've let go of things I've been holding onto. Even one where I had an out of body experience (OBE) from Ayahuasca.
We are, like it or not, a product of our culture; this is true even if we choose to branch out and learn about other cultures and devise new ways of understanding/interacting with the world. Its important to venture out of the small box we start out in, as this can give us perspective which can save us a great deal of trouble. Every culture has blind spots and having a widened perspective can help to reduce one's own blind spots and increase overall awareness.
I'm often asked about why I don't support somebody's favorite political candidate (or anybody's, for that matter). People are often conditioned to believe you must favor a politician in order to really want to "fix things" in society. I don't believe this is the case at all. In fact, I believe most changes in society come through the voluntary actions of private individuals.