Refurbished approach to cultural diplomacy by Martin Rose of the British Council

In a July 2010 issue of Layalina Productions' Perspectives, British Council officer Martin Rose argues for the West, particularly Europe, to be more "culturally literate" and refurbish its approach to cultural relations. Rose discusses the social and cultural marginalization of immigrant minorities in Europe, who recently have been lumped into the category of "Muslims" to the detriment of their national identities. He argues the need for Europe to be more open-minded and accepting of the "huge multiplicity of rivers that flow into our sea." Urging non-Muslim Europeans to break the "Us vs. Them" mentality when approaching cultural differences, Rose advocates building trust, understanding and personal relationships to "live well in the 21st century and beyond."

Rose also says:

  • To focus myopically on our own story as we are used to hearing it told is childish, a yearning for the warm security of the nursery.
  • Our inability to construct a larger Us is damaging and deforming: by its very nature it renders impossible a subtle, nuanced and relatively objective understanding of human culture and human society.

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