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Chapter Ten: The Systems Stage

Section 8: Transculturalism



The valuing of one's own culture transforms along with the understanding of "culture." At first, we did not understand our culture, but we took for granted its superiority. Now, we understand it better -- seeing both assets and liabilities. We value it as a human achievement, as a work of art, as an essential (recall our discussion on identity) resource for the world. On the other hand, we have come to understand that other cultures are the same in that each is uniquely essential.



At this point cross-culturalism, or multi-culturalism becomes "trans- culturalism". It is less or no longer necessary to dwell in each and every culture in order to appreciate and respect it. The attitudes of respect and acceptance are no longer tied to specific knowledge of others, but are tied to an abstract, yet deeply felt, understanding of human nature.



Transcultural people will be able to communicate more effectively in general because they have mastered several cultural perspectives and because their respectful attitudes promote openness on the part of other communicants. Conflicts will be less severe and resolution more assured because identities have been expanded to motivate the search for synergistic solutions which are made more possible by the well-trained abilities to coordinate diverse perspectives. Transcultural people of different nations will help form a global meta-culture, which will affect, but not negate, the variety of cultures. This global metaculture will facilitate international relations while preserving cultural diversity. Thus, systems thinking and the transculturalism it permits are the necessary ingredients for international friendship.







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Transcultural Friendship: Our Political Future


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