Filed under: brave new world | Tags: america, beliefs, culture war, enemy, insider, neighbour, outsider, translation
What’s striking about this is its absolutism – both in our involvement: all are outsiders … all are enemies; and in our lack of commitment to change.
“Culture War for us is a domestic version of the Cold War, in which every insider is also an outsider and all neighbors are potential enemies. The tragedy of American culture in this regard has been its failure to provide what religious scholar Jan Assmann calls “intercultural translation”: the capacity to translate my beliefs into your beliefs and vice versa. Unhappily, we have very little interest in the challenge of translation, largely because we very much wish to remain cordially at one another’s throats.”
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