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Chapter Eleven: The Educating Society

Section 8: Appealing to the International Order



In chapter five we discussed the emerging world order which may prove useful in dealing with national conflicts. If dealing with an inferior other is unproductive, we may appeal to other nations for help, perhaps through the United Nations. Assuming that our educational competencies are well developed -- which they should be if we are a friendship -- and assuming that our own house is in order, i.e. that the position we are taking is objectively valid, we should be able to obtain international support for resolving the conflict.



Unless the other is more powerful than the rest of the world united, then the problem of competitive inadequacy is remedied. Furthermore, since the other is less likely to perceive the UN as a self-serving opponent, the other might be more susceptible to education at this point. If not, sanctions (economic boycotts, exclusion from international privileges etc.) could be imposed so that even in narrow pragmatic terms, it is more in the other's self-interest to be more cooperative.


Since international sanctions can be informal and diffuse, they will be harder to resist than punishment applied by a single enemy. Finally, non-educational remedies may be imposed in extreme situations -- exclusion from the international community entirely, or perhaps a military take-over. It should be noted that the appeal to the international system is a check against one's own ethnocentrism.



As indicated, these principles are generalizable to all human conflicts between a "friend and non-friend," the appeal to a higher and inclusive social order being a primary mechanism for conflict resolution when direct education and competition prove unworkable. Note that with respect to the criteria set forth in the fourth chapter, the use of education by a friendship is likely to improve one's position in the world system (Criterion three) and make one more effective in establishing peace through rules of international cooperation (Criterion four). These, in turn, facilitate the maintenance of the internal environment (Criterion one) and the achievement of objectives (Criterion two).



When dealing in the international arena, it is necessary that the friendship in question be transcultural; otherwise, its educational endeavors will fall on deaf ears. Thus, societies with cultural richness will have an advantage in the future. Once again, accelerating change and an emerging international order, transcultural friendships will be the most competent of societies. Forming a world order in their own images, these advanced societies will create a friendship among themselves. Lesser societies will have to develop or cease to affect the course of world development. In either case, the end result will be a global transcultural friendship.







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