Why do Southerners value 'purity' and 'simplicity' when they are globally regarded as the most complicated society in the United States?

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They talk about the simple rural life. Southerners who are very traditional like to exalt the purity and simplicty of their thinking, and the their realistic worldview, and their detachment from the excesses of the city life.

But to most people around the world, the American South has reputation for being one of the most complex, artificial, superficial, contrarian, and downright COMPLICATED cultures in the United States.

The Etiquette is based on the treatment of inferiors to superiors, not the other way around. Charitableness is directed toward the rich instead of the poor. Military violence is perceived as neccesary and virtuous. etc.

Why is the South so complicated, but claims to be so simple?
Why do Southerners value 'purity' and 'simplicity' when they are globally regarded as the most complicated society in the United States?
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