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Chapter Twelve: Evaluating the Global Transcultural Friendship

Section 3: Synchronic Stability



There will always be the possibility of a ruinous perturbation --nuclear accident, mutational creation of an incurable lethal virus, or a collision with a large space object. However, our transcultural friendship is no less capable than the alternatives of managing these. The two relatively certain and significant challenges to the integrity of future societies will be the accelerating technological innovation and large system competition.



Technological innovation creates new powers that offer new choices and modify our character. (As indicated in chapter three, exposure to new cultures can have similar effects; however, by the time of the transcultural friendship, there will be less that is new in the way of existing cultures. On the other hand, new cultures may evolve -- these may be considered subsumed in the discussion as innovations in social technology.) Behavior patterns which were once successful may become second best, or even counter-productive. This calls for a revision of the values upon which the behavior patterns are based.



If one's values are rigid and if the foundations of the values are poorly understood, it will be hard to modify the values. If one has a poor comprehension of one's own needs and the needs of society, one will have trouble constructing a new and viable value system. However, the educational methods advocated in chapters seven, eight, and nine all promote well-integrated and refined intellectual and moral structures. The systems competencies and the senses of accurate and expansive sense of identity promoted by the educational methods assure a solid understanding of human needs. Even prior to the systems stage, the values of well-educated people will tend to be well understood and flexible; this permits creative moral problem solving -- so that people at all levels of development are more able to adapt to changing circumstances.



At the systems stage, the morality of consequences is achievable. The focus on future consequences rather than upon past principles ensures a continued adaptability. The foundation of such a value system is what is good for humanity -- and technology alters our understanding of ourselves, our values can be modified accordingly. The morality of consequences applies the wisdom of transculturalism and the power of systems thinking to the expansive purpose of promoting human potential and well being. The synergistic coordination at the societal level of such individual value determinations is as much a guarantee of future stability and growth as any that might be provided.



Leadership is the key to dealing with system competitions as was indicated in the previous chapter's discussion of developmental disparities. Competition would not be very frequent or severe among friendships. However, every friendship includes competency with the influence and dominance modes of interaction just in case. The educative mode may be used to rally the support of third systems, and supersystems, in resolving the conflicts. Friendships will be generally more competent than the lesser forms with which they will probably be competing -- so synchronic stability should be preservable in the face of system competition as well as technological innovation.







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