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Chapter Twelve: Evaluating the Global Transcultural Friendship

Section 4: Diachronic Stability



Education is the key to diachronic stability. The challenge is to direct and nurture children to be able to fulfill their own interests in the context of and to contribute to the transcultural friendship. If the educational methods outlined so far can help us achieve a transcultural friendship they should be no less effective in maintaining one.



One important feature of the educational methods advocated is that they do not ignore potentially problematic aspects of human nature -- egocentricity and aggression. Egocentricity serves as a starting point for the expansion of perspectives that eventually leads to transculturalism.



Aggression is channeled and directed productively. Competitive abilities are developed, not because they will be used frequently, but because they ensure the synchronic stability of the system and because they form a basis for the development of more civilized modes of interaction.



The experimental attitude of the advocated methods insures that humans will develop an experiential comprehension of the advantages and disadvantages of each of the social forms -- and, thus, an intrinsic commitment to political friendship is instilled in each generation. Thus, it is unlikely that future generations will lose the wisdom shaped through the lives of their elders. Thus, succeeding generations will act to preserve a global transcultural friendship.







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