Monday 24 November 2014

Cultures and formation

Christopher Dawson in The Crisis of Western Education: ‘Until a man acquires some knowledge of another culture, he cannot be said to be educated, since his whole outlook is so conditioned by his own social environment that he does not realize its limitations’[1]

What kind of implications for salesian formation? Especially in those places where it tends to be monocultural? 

It is significant that in Italian, the word 'culture' is practically synonymous with 'education,' pointing probably to the fact that this is a highly classical notion of culture, a normative notion, culture with a capital C, so that all other peoples, if they do not match one's own culture, tend to be considered 'uncivilized,' savages, etc. 


[1] Dawson, The Crisis of Western Education (New York: Sheed and Ward, 1961) 113.

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