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lt1017 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 17, 2013 at 3:19 PM via web

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What are some suggestions to improve global understanding based on multicultural appreciation?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted August 17, 2013 at 8:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Rather than dwell on our differences, we can stress our similarities.  An example might be the work of Claude Levi-Strauss, who pointed out that our family structures, our priorities for survival, our connections to past generations, etc., in other words, our social structures, are at base universal; or Noam Chomsky, who makes clear that language structure similarities demonstrate the similarities of our mental makeup and that language comprehension is 90% physiological and only 10% environmentally learned behavior.  The geographical features that once separated us into countries (mountains, seas, deserts, and the like) and therefore were territorial barriers to sharing our common experiences are no longer in the way of communication in modern times, so we are much more likely able to understand each others’ ethical and moral/religious bases in modern times. Talks among superficially opposed cultures should then concentrate on our mutual shared humanness.

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