Cultural growth for humanity

Cultural growth for humanity is in motion. Cultural growth can help change the way we see the world and the place we occupy in it. Highlighting certain forms of responsibility, whether individual or common, taking on a common destiny as human species beyond the sometimes contradictory challenges, stressing the utter most importance of dialogue, diversity and mutual understanding, cultural growth calls for unprecedented creativity. So from this, here are the twelve interactive variables...

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Art. 1 - Defending Peace…

Peace is the foundation. The foundation on which the balance of our societies are founded and accomplished. If it comes to miss all in what we believe as due or given, completely disintegrates, plunging beings and communities in the most abyssal of chaos. What roles do cultures play in establishing or restoring peace? How much dialogue, compromise, mutual listening are they willing to do, or not do? How can we defend peace through cultural leverage by seizing opportunities and overcoming obstacles? How can each individual accept responsibility of their thoughts and actions? And when Article 1 of the UNESCO Constitution emphasizes that because “wars begin in the minds of men, it is in the minds of men that the defenses of peace must be erected”, what investment do our societies place in the mission to drive it?

Art. 2 - Managing Space…

If we look for a central factor in the establishment of individual and collective balances, we will find it in our relationship to space. How do we understand this relationship? How did our cultures teach us to respect it, stressing the interdependence between species as well as how we take care of our earth? How can we be inspired to establish a more harmonious relationship? How do we defend a liveable environment for our present and future generations? Culture is also a way of conceiving space, a way of living more or less peacefully by facing the many challenges attached to it, regarding ecology, agriculture, health, borders and others. From the proven strategies to the most essential creativity, designing cultural growth for humanity encourages us to take into account the diversity of these challenges and how we are likely to respond to them in the long term…

Art.3 - The challenge faced by the use of materials…

Among these challenges, our relationship to materials, to their exploitation, transformation and impacts, both physical and psychic, seems to be the elephant in the room and a core subject of our time. A large part of our human reality is reflected in it, as well as the very survival of earth, including human species. How did we establish this relationship with materials, whether they be wood, metal, water, clay, leather, wool, petroleum, air ...? How have we honored what the earth has given us? How have we exploited and managed them? Why have we too often diverted from the sharing to favor accumulations, exhaustions, over-exploitation, morbid pollution that have endangered us all? There can be no cultural growth for humanity without a more balanced management of ressources. Is this management providing everyone with an existence worthy of it's name, just an illusion? Or on the contrary, is it a conquest for peace for the present and next generations? How can we help? How can the nature of the trade, money, our idea of ​​economics, commerce or even science, help this purpose?

Art.4 - Discovering the diversity of peoples…

A context gives all these questions resonance: people who welcome them with strong customs and traditions, with their different destinies, values, different forms of hope... How many human groups have they formed on this earth? How many "people" have they taken body and soul here, offering their descendants the possibility of referring to a specific culture? How many have disappeared? How many will succeed us? What major ethnic, political, religious, geographic, economic criterias led to the setting up of this mix of groups? How were each of us born there? With what level of attachment? Discovering this mix of people, understanding it better, will determine what is needed for peace in the world. Cultural growth may provide a serious input...

Art.5 – Spirituality…

Among the different trajectories people, societies and cultures take, there is one which is determining: spirituality. In our world there as so many different forms and dimensions of spirituality. This plays a decisive role in the relationship with oneself, as well as others. It changes our view on so many aspects, such as the environment, time and of course the meaning of life. But it doesn't stop there, as it takes a decisive part in the way in which we communicate, act, judge, eat, dress and behave... The diversity of philosophies and spiritualities is crucial to understand our societies in their choices, and may explain how they approach or distance themselves from others. It's an understatement to say that cultural growth is to work on our mutual understanding of others. So that peaceful coexistence can start. There is no future for human kind without the acceptance of this pool of spiritualities. Everyone has their own truth and interpretation of that truth. Peace comes with accepting the truth of others. Mutual respect is a must. 

Art. 6 - Reinventing paths…

The mosaic of the world is thus made up of fragments in movement which echo the plurality of spaces, peoples, spiritualities... How do we get from one fragment to another, from one piece of the puzzle to another piece more or less distant and different? This is where one element comes into play with a decisive force: ways, roads, the tangible or abstract paths that we take to get there. Whether they are already traced, or uncertain, whether they are conservative or progressive, these paths largely determine us. They make it possible to bring people together, to communicate as societies and individuals, enabling us to cross real or virtual spaces. Cultural growth can expand by the strengthening of intercultural routes, helping us to move within cultures, and in their infinite dialogue, thus recomposing the mosaic.

Art.7 - Communication as the meaning of life…

Whether easy or not, humans are born to communicate. Communication is inherent as breathing and comes alive in many ways. It certainly comes alive in writing and speaking, but as well in our silence. Communication is part of our actions and our thoughts. It takes off in the way in which we move, smile, or make decisions… So what to be reinvented in this digital era as the smallest content can be almost instantly shared in the world - as false or manipulated as it can be? Cultural growth is reflected here on two levels for a more responsible communication: first on our individual role, inviting ourselves to give value to each act of communication and to think to its consequences and second of course on the role of our societies referring to a enlightened, humanistic, forward-looking media that are called to play an increasingly decisive role.

Art. 8 – In the forest of signs…

One element is central to any act of communication: symbols and signs that cross cultural diversity. These signs are an inexhaustible resource completely inseparable from human daily life, marking cultural paths and on a deeper level inviting to a constant quest for meaning... Whether they are emblems, symbols, letters, ideograms, whether tattoos, logotypes or seals, whether they are custodians of knowledge or doors to creativity, what place do we give them, whether familiar or not? How can we better welcome their constant flow? How can we value them all along our life?...

Art. 9 - Education for the world and ourselves…

Help to know the intercultural paths and the spaces to which they lead, help to discover the way not only to use them, but to reinvent them, help to navigate in the vastness of symbols, also question the ways of educating, teaching and learning. The truth is that each culture can be reflected in its way of transmitting knowledge, know-hows and interpersonal skills. Do they value peace, justice, mutual respect, tolerance, dignity...? Or, on the contrary, do they allow judgement, rejection and hatred to creep in? How can we support a true education for peace in the dimension of the human species? What are the means we have not developed yet to fully get there? How can cultural growth do its part? Shouldn't every child today have a book that opens them up to cultural diversity, a book accompanying their discovery to the world, to others and to themselves? We mentioned growth, but is this not where the most beautiful growth is located, that of the body, the mind, the heart called to awaken a form of responsibility and shared consciousness?

Art. 10 - Time for doing and time for being…

So here we are in front of another variable which encompasses space, communication, education and... time. Can time be our ally on this journey of cultural growth? Answering this involves several things. First of all, this calls us to a deep, contradictory look at the past. How have our societies coped with the challenges they have faced ? How did they sometimes neglect them? What lessons have we learnt from our choices and their consequences? We also have to have a look at our present time, again extremely complex. There is a need, more than ever before, to hold a conference on humanities, an assembly capable of questioning human problems and collectively think of ways to respond to them. Finally, time perhaps requires even more creativity…

Art. 11 - The irreducible power of dreams…

There is a struggle, since the dawn of time that has crossed all humanities. A struggle that we could designate in the confrontation between the realists and the dreamers. A struggle that generally takes the side of the former, so much so that it seems obvious that the values ​​we defend here are quickly swept away by the mere desire to ignore them, let alone to fight them. What can tolerance do before the act of intolerance? What can sharing and the vow of generosity do in the face of the rage of greed? What can hope do in the face of disillusion? What can dreaming do when one wakes up to realities that are radically distant from those of the dream? As reasonable as such objections may seem, objecting will take us away from the power we have of accomplishment. Forgetting that humankind is made of what is not yet and of what it carries within it as a promise of realization. The question today is to work together to understand what can and should be embodied. The strongest notions of simplicity, proximity, solidarity, have nothing to do with the cynicism linked to time. It is in a breath carried by human cultures, a breath made of harmony, people carefully listening to others and generosity that the future of humankind lies. It is up to us to draw the lessons from it and to make them operational in each of the themes that we are talking about : the environment, our relation to time, the power of knowledge and our educational choices... Dreams are an irreducible part of the cultural growth of humanity.

Art. 12 - An ideal to attain

To sum up this premise, there is a hyphen connecting all human beings together, which is shown in languages ​​and thoughts, emphasizing customs and creativity. A hyphen which, if considered in its proper and full measure, can significantly change our vision of contemporary challenges we face and how to solve them. This hyphen is singular as it is universal, symbolizing culture. Culture is in the shape of objects, in the colour we give them. Culture is in the meaning of words and gestures. Culture is in the raison d'être of this assembly, in our decision-making, in the emergence of our doubts. Yes, culture is omnipresent. It is both the soil where we take root and the breath that accompanies our earthly journey. Culture is not only a "heritage", but more of "an ideal to be achieved" as the poet confides to us. An ideal in accordance to our time.

The present world is experiencing an unprecedented interdependence. A form of connection to all and to everything, real or imaginary, projects us into a network of interactions where an idea, a sport, a music can in a very short time know a planetary resonance. It is no different with perils and threats, equally globalized and consequent. This requires us to have a vision of the world that is equal to such challenges. In particular, a better knowledge of our differences and similarities, capable of overcoming clichés and generalizations, ethnocentrisms and prejudices. The cultural growth of humanity can help us to do this. If we agree on this, if we understand that each human being is the permanent vector and that all our interactions find in it an essential component of their balance, then a new chapter of the human species could well begin to be written…

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