Ten Aspects of Multi-culturalism

Some Ideas for the Inter-cultural Festival, University of Pisa

Under the direction of Prof. Serena Gianfaldoni.

  1. We actually see only what we know: our senses are channeled according to our beliefs, geopolitical and cultural context, social and economic habits…
  2. So as to perceive Reality, we have to gradually cultivate and exercise the spirit of continuously becoming.
  3. To learn the Spirit of Becoming, we need to give up our automatic tendency to define, categorize, look for an illusory gestalt or a false idea of wholeness.
  4. We should attempt to comprehend sense and apply the laws of natural phenomena.
  5. The two basic laws are  the state of being inter-connected and reverberation (the butterfly wing clap effect) of everything and everyone within space and time ad infinitum.
  6. The laws of natural phenomena are mostly based on two seemingly contrary aspects: Participation in the universal flux which constitutes the common ground; and acknowledgement of the distinctiveness, particularity, non-repetitive and one time characteristics of each living phenomenon.
  7. Cultivation of both participation (sharing) on one part and acknowledgement of distinctiveness on the other part require a refined attitude.
  8. The refined attitude may be compared to an alchemic transformation: We have to gradually abolish instinctive judgmental reactions, hierarchic fixations, and personal static preferences.
  9. The alchemic process is gradually enhanced by eradicating absolute truths in all disciplines. Instead, we may suggest following the life-force of adventure, playfulness, and revelations.
  10. The Life Force (Manna) of adventure, playfulness and revelations may grow where there is no ego-centrism, self-importance or unnecessary vanity.

Dorit Kedar,

May, 2015.

Excerpt from 2013 festival

 

 

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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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