The Bridging of Cultures

Race is an invention of the mind as are all ideas good and bad. It was invented in a time and context when people were much less aware of themselves than they are now. As a matter of fact, in the 200 years since the US census first came about in the United States, 26 racial categories have been used to classify and label the 2-3 hundred million people who live in this narrow part of the world.

Race as a concept, as in an idea and a way to declare a peoples’ wholeness as clearly inadequate and confusing as we seek together to know ourselves and each other.

Cultural Education is the way by which we can more efficiently be ourselves. This kind of education is called “Knowledge of Self’ or Know thy Self. The Phrase is ancient and was originally found over the doors of temples of learning and study in ancient Kemet, the young initiates we taught “Know thyself” the key to wisdom.

The human predicament is calling toward cultural disarmament.

Culture (as symbol) is then no longer a conceptual jail that separates but what harmonizes and unites the levels of freedom and loyalty.

Every culture has an experience and its own interpretations.

Fundamentally we are not trying to gain a new definition of a notion of Culture. It is not a semantic or even an academic question. On the contrary we are trying to account for a deep new cultural experience which is now emerging and is at play in our own pluralistic world.

Bringing different cultural knowledge systems together

Part of the work is in restoring the linkages between cultural communities and institutions, and learning how to bring community knowledge and institutional knowledge together. To be effective, communities and their institutional partners must continually identify, utilize, and nurture the essential elements where old and emerging philosophies intersect.