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    How can better understanding our collective cultural heritage and shared humanity across time and geographic place help us to be better stewards of a global future? What role or roles do you believe understanding cultural differences across time and throughout the world plays outside academia, if any? Support your response with specific examples or details.

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    Collective Cultural Human Heritage

    What is our collective heritage? Do we have bonds and elements that connect us despite our cultural and ethnic differences and our separation due to geographical factors? It is the differences between peoples and cultures that drive to tragic conflicts dividing nations and plunging situations to states of war, at times going on for decades costing in millions of lives. Consider for example the Genocide launched by Hitler against the Jews and the non-Aryans. The divide was brought in by a difference in cultural beliefs and a sense of ethnic superiority made much worse by the political and military component that institutionalized genocide as policy. Also, consider the Apartheid that long ruled South Africa. While a minority, the Whites controlled the political and economic state of the country and the Blacks had limited or no power owing to their race.

    Shared Origins?

    It is our history as human beings that we all live in groups and clans; it is our heritage that we have evolved a social network that gave us a sense of community and belonging. In the earliest days, human beings in families and groups came together for comfort, for protection and for survival. It is in this grouping that notions of family, society and religion came to be. But while anthropologists point to our origins as a race in one geographic location and time (the fossil-fertile Olduvai Range in Tanzania, for example), the geography-specific cultural and social development of man after the initial ...

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