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Chapter Twelve: Evaluating the Global Transcultural Friendship

Section 1: The Pragmatic Utopia



Our search for a pragmatic utopia has led to a global transcultural friendship. This system will be composed of a plethora of overlapping subsystems: nations, multinational corporations, cultural groups, religious groups, their subsystems including local businesses, political organs, families and individuals. Education will be the primary interactional mode within and among subsystems -- which, for the most part, will be friendships. Because of the advantages of diversity, many of the friendship subsystems will be transcultural -- particularly the economic and political units. However, in order to preserve the integrity of cultures, there culturally uniform systems as well. The cultures themselves will have evolved toward friendship, although otherwise preserving their uniqueness through historical continuity.



Virtually instantaneous communication within and among systems will be made possible by developing communications technology. Further, advances in information processing will allow rapid analysis and feedback of media, and interactive mechanism would allow individuals to convey their positions to a central processing unit. The results could be fed back over mass media, and used to form enlightened policies.



Conflict is inevitable due to the fact that egocentricity can never be overcome totally and the fact that people must prioritize their purposes divergently. However, conflict will become less costly for several reasons. First, since identities are expanded to include all of humanity in one's spheres of caring, interests can never be totally opposed, so conflicts will be less severe. With greater powers of empathy and understanding, conflicts can be anticipated and dealt with before reaching crisis proportions. Transcultural perspective coordinating abilities and well-developed communications systems will facilitate synergistic resolutions. The availability of a strong international order will diffuse two-party conflicts and absorb them into its own conflict resolving apparati.



The adult individuals in this system will be systems thinkers, technologically competent, and able to reason morally with respect to consequences. Their identities will be positive, accurate, expansive, and yet founded upon an awareness of uniqueness and essentiality. Their competencies will be transcultural; thus, they will be effective communicators and creative conflict resolvers. Since leadership in a friendship means ability to deal with lower level systems as well as higher, the leaders will be effective with dominance and influence modes of interacting as well as with education. Since, in a friendship, leadership and followership are merged, everyone will be a leader in the above sense. Everyone will have a prioritized system of purposes, providing for one's narrower interests, and yet extending to the achievement of individual potentials and feelings of well being for all of humanity.



Having described our global transcultural friendship, it is time to evaluate it according to the criteria established in chapter one for a pragmatic utopia: achievability, synchronic and diachronic stability, and "goodness".







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