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Response to graham4anything (Reply #56)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:31 PM

59. From my point of view

 

5000 years of civilization and written history is all pretty much same, and even that is very small part of human experience and ways of life and social orders. Civilizations rising and collapsing, lot of drama and spectacle, and war war war murder murder murder and self-destructive ecological destruction.

What about cultures that don't even have word "war" in their language? And have unbroken cultural continuity of tens of thousands of years, much much longer than written history? What makes them different and what can we learn from them?

What can we learn from European political philosophies, imagining and theorizing social orders that started in Greece, and have found various practical experiments such as USA and Soviet Union?

How to apply all that we can learn from these experiences to face the challenges of our time, if we wish chance of living good lives to our children, now that we have become globalized, globally interdependent society?

What do my American friends who discuss on a progressive forum think about these questions, what are their experiences, what are their wishes and dreams?

Can we dream common dreams, and if so, what practical steps can be taken to make those dreams come true?

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