Sunday, June 19, 2016
458. Dr. Dillon's Solution to Dr. Samuel Huntington’s Warning on Conflicts amongst Nations
As a cultural anthropologist, Dr. Dillon understood the significance of mutual cultural acceptance in the development of human history. In his book, SmithsonianStories: Chronicle of a Golden Age, 1964-1984, he emphasized the importance of learning from other cultures. This book is widely regarded as one of the most important books on the cultural history of the
. In this work, Dr.
Dillon proposed a solution to Dr. Samuel Huntington’s warnings of increasing
conflicts amongst nations: as Dr. Dillon stated, “Celebrating one nation’s
cultural gifts to another—and especially, the capacity to receive—makes for
good diplomacy.” Dr. Dillon suggested that by embracing positive elements from
foreign cultures, just as the Founding Fathers adopted Confucian moral
philosophies and other Chinese ideas, world leaders could create a better world
ahead. With the continuous globalization of human society, Dr. Dillon’s
proposal of the capacity to receive other cultural influences will become
increasingly relevant in an increasingly multicultural world. United States
The above is from Dr. Dave Wang's Article,
The Capacity to Accept Other Cultures Makes Better Diplomacy: Dr. Wilton Dillon’s Support of My Research on the US Founders and China, in Virginia Review of Asian Studies, Volume 18, 2016.