It is human nature to have culture…. We can’t rely on our instincts; we need an instruction manual. And culture is the manual.
Only we can tell us how to live. There is nothing to prevent us from deciding that the goal of life should be to be as unnatural as possible. “Human nature” is just another looking glass.
from “The Looking Glass,” Louis Menand, The New Yorker, Aug 26. 2019, p. 86