The Multi-Cultural Attempt

To become multi-cultural is an extremely difficult task.

Human nature tends to be intuitively territorial and in this sense, there is no difference between the human and the animal.

To know the Other demands abolishing the territorial mind and this means to stop futile comparison, hierarchical behavior and a judging attitude.

To know the Other requires the gradual building of a symbolic multilayered pyramid.

The pyramid will be constructed using layers representing the collective characteristics, idiosyncratic characteristics and the linguistic aspect.

Collective characteristics are dynamic, however they could serve as first steps to better understand and sense the belief systems, culture, folklore, routine customs (birth, initiation into adulthood, marriage and death.) which tint the daily life of people

Idiosyncratic characteristics are indispensable to avoid categorization and generalizations. Instead one should enhance the ability to see the Other as a unique phenomenon with unique physical, mental and emotional constitution.

The linguistic aspect is an additional and tricky layer. Words representing objects could have a similar interpretation in some cases; however the context, in which they are used, varies according to the natural habitat

Pondering on these three aspects could help create the common ground for me and the Other. In a paradoxical way the common ground is always ex-territorial and based mostly on the most basic instincts of the human being – survival, joy and sorrow….

The multi-cultural attempt is an everyday effort to decode our co-habitants, by adapting the status of a continuous emphatic over looker and a humble participant of daily life.

Dorit Kedar

 

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About Dr. Dorit Kedar

Forced to continuously change nations, cultures and schooling - I had to develop a wider sense of communication, a way of thinking-feeling-behaving which stresses the common denominators. The need to adapt new landscapes and land-souls has taught instinctive means to overcome separatism, prejudices, dogmatic beliefs and suspicions. While looking for the common gathering denominators, I have also increased the ability of perception and individuation. Being constantly in estranged places has triggered psychological processes to turn the unfamiliar into familiar. As an art critic in the Israeli press, a curator, a writer - have always dealt with the otherness, the different and the infinite variety of the Existent. My Book of Peace is the result.
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