About the ‘Clash of Civilisations’

1 Nov



Matthew Dal Santo writes in the DRUM:


Are we creating the ‘clash of civilisations’?


In his famous and controversial Clash of Civilizations, Harvard political scientist Samuel Huntington argued that the 21st century would be the era not of the nation-state but civilisations, transcending state borders and uniting in a common culture and shared values the energies and aspirations of diverse peoples and polities.


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Dal Santo argues that language matters.  And Huntington wrote:

“The security of the world requires acceptance of global multi-culturality,”


I reckon the above article is worth reading and trying to think about what  we want to accomplish with our “Western” values.

3 Responses to “About the ‘Clash of Civilisations’”

  1. berlioz1935 November 1, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

    It could be the start of a discussion, no more. We ourselves see the “West” as too aggressive. They want to conquer all. The problem is, that one nation, the US, is dominating without us having the right to vote. We have no influence on the policies of the “West”. When the US are murdering (drone attacks) and plunder (buying up resources) we have to live with the consequences regardless. We are really team “West” and not Australia.

  2. stuartbramhall November 2, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    As a woman, I have never bought into patriarchal, super rational, authoritarian, anti-nature western thinking. I think male writers like Huntington need to get over the really bad habit of believing that women think exactly the same as they do. I’m also really sick of middle age males in white suits defining who I am and what I think. Or even worse giving themselves the right to decide what’s best for women and children. How dare they?

  3. auntyuta November 2, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    Thanks for commenting, Stuart. I must admit I really do not know anything about Huntington other than what it says in this article about civilisations. His observations about the clash of civilisations in the 21st century seem reasonable enough to me. It seems to me that there is a clash of civilisations happening right now. And maybe it has not all that much to do with religion either. How many people in our so called Christian Western culture are really Christians at heart? Fundamentalism to me looks more like a cult than a religion. I think all the great religions have similar spiritual values. We should compromise and accept each other. Death cults should of course not be accepted by people with open minds and open hearts. This is what I believe.

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