Recently, I have blogged twice regarding how de facto consensus can be found in social systems. Human beings, as social creatures, are interconnected through a wide variety of communication mechanisms. Generally, we gravitate toward gregariousness rather than being argumentative. One of the social skills we acquire as we mature is the ability to gauge group communication, or even dyadic communication. We usually consider the degree of agreeableness that is involved so that we can decide whether we want to “go along to get along” in the context of conversations and so forth. In short, much of our social energy is expended in mostly peaceful communication. By the way, there is nothing wrong with desiring peaceful coexistence with other people, particularly those with whom we are in frequent contact. See Romans 12:18.
Acculturation is the process of acquiring a deep understanding of a culture – particularly the culture into which we are born. In its essence, acculturation consists of pervasive communication between the person and the culture in which we find that person. The phenomenon provides us with the opportunity to get all the various elements of the culture to be integrated with one another as we live in that culture. In that sense, acculturation is a lifelong process of adaptation to the ways of those people most like ourselves. This provides a mechanism for harmonious agreement and more-or-less orderly change.