Intercultural Harmony
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Principles of Intercultural Harmony
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The language we use to describe cultural situations is not precise.
Facts are interpreted through the experiences and biases of those hearing them.
Prejudices must be acknowledged to move toward harmonious living. Behaving harmoniously can become second nature to those who practice.
Knowledge can contribute to prejudice reduction, but knowledge by itself does not always reduce prejudice.
A supportive, nurturing and positive environment fosters an open-minded individual and helps overcome differences in resources and personalities.
Language that does not judge character is key to harmonious interaction.
People can appreciate what is different and what is the same in people.
Individuals bring their cultural assumptions to any dispute. In an intercultural dispute, divergent cultural assumptions may cause one or both parties to experience frustration.
Continuous dialogue is a key to harmonious understanding.
When addressing controversial issues, elicit various points of view. Premature agreement can curtail dialogue.
Acknowledging wrongdoing is a vital and essential step for peaceful living.
Restoration of others in our mental and emotional domains may help to establish harmony, even if we cannot do justice or offer material restoration.
Forgiveness can be a spiritual experience or simply a step toward contentment. Respecting the spaces of people, their heroes and accomplishments can move us toward restoration and harmony.
When various groups and their interests are well represented at the top, things tend to work better up and down the line.
Education is our best hope. Schools need to set an example of empathy, altruism, trust, fairness, justice, compassion, and respect for diversity.

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