Some societies attempt to legally enforce mores, especially regarding certain sexual behaviors and ingestion of intoxicants. Others are more tolerant.
Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory paints in broad strokes cultural characteristics of societies. Extensive survey data corroborates aforementioned observations, but such generalizations mask the frictions among fac-tions that continually exist in all societies over cultural values. Cultural dimensions do illustrate the roles that fear and empathy play in public life.