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TRANSCULTURAL FRIENDSHIP: OUR POLITICAL FUTURE

Chapter Twelve: Evaluating the Global Transcultural Friendship

Section 2: Achievability

 

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Transcultural friendship is beyond the capacity of any nation today --let alone the problems of less developed nations and then coordinating all nations into a global unit. However, today's capabilities are not the boundaries of tomorrow.

 

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Nascent abilities portend a new evolutionary era in the human story. Systems thinking, apparent in a handful of great people, represents a quantum leap in cognitive competence which, in turn, promises to improve individual strengths, system competencies, and senses of identity and purpose to the point where the educational mode of political friendship can predominate. The technology of the information age, communications and information processing systems, will eventually provide humanity with the capability of coordinating the heightened individual qualities to form our global transcultural friendship.

 

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As pointed out in chapter one, it is not sufficient that a utopia be abstractly feasible; it is necessary that there be an operational path leading to the utopia. Friendship is presented herein as a continuation of the evolutionary process, described generally in chapter two, and, more specifically, with respect to political systems in chapter four, which has resulted in the generally global shift from autocracy to democracy. The same factors that favor democracy over autocracy will favor friendship over democracy, once the capabilities are developed. The acceleration of technological and international change described in chapter three will have the tendency to intensify the selective factors favoring more complex societal forms generally, and political friendships in particular.

 

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Since transculturalism is a prerequisite to friendship in a multicultural population, the same forces favor its development. While it is true that not all cultures are as amenable to a world order as are Western cultures, there is no avoiding the oncoming competitive pressures for competent societies and membership in the international community. Resistant cultures will have to evolve or else fade into the background while the rest of the world proceeds to build a metaculture. This metaculture will preserve the integrity of existing cultures while lubricating the channels of cross-cultural communication.

 

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This path is not only viable, it is practically inexorable. Short of total mutual destruction, or other calamity sending us back to the dark ages, the word is going to improve. Enlightened self-interest, rather than dreamy altruism, is the moving force. Humanity is a hitchhiker on the highway to the future -- and the sign we are carrying says "Transcultural friendship -- or bust."

 

 

 

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