Hey Christophe,I didn't not heard of the book, thank you for sharing. I followed the link, it sounds very interesting, I would certainly want to explore our possible collaboration. However, I'm tied up with some pressing matters up to early mid June hence my very limited participation here, and elsewhere. Hope we'll be able to have a chat shortly, if that's okay :)
Hey Ilona, nice to see a namesake in the community :)
Having academic knowledge of philosophy, of course I know who they are. My point is slightly different though. It did not work, that's right, but it does not mean nothing can be done.
Throughout history of our civilisation women, children and ordinary folks were not considered worthy thinkers. Nor were ‘the others’, Indians, Native Americans, Africans. We take these beliefs for granted, but are they worth it?
Firstly, so far all ideologies were one man made. If compared to design thinking, it stands in opposition to collaborative effort. No one man can know everything about everything.
Secondly, it's just one man's perspective. One man cannot represent all people. It does not mean a dialog, global equality or simply a better world is not possible. It only means, it has never ben done before. Now really, is our first opportunity.
Thirdly, the world in general and as a whole was (and in some areas still is) shaped by a particular, often violent, egocentric, sometimes psychopathic, authoritative type of men. There are various types of men. And there are various types of women.
There also are various cultures. There are people who are afraid of others and there are people who expand due to intercultural exchange. Myself, was made in Poland, see the world through Eastern thought, some would say I have a Rasta soul and in my ways, I'm native American. On one hand, there is no connection in between, on another, it shows all cultures are at it's core similar. In essence, all respect nature and one another. The traditions, rituals, even beliefs might be different, but the values are not.
Despite the shared cultures, there are individuals, and so far, one type of men and one culture was dominant. This was combined with a domination of Christianity. This is not against religion but the fact that unlike mediation, religion does not allow to think for yourself, to question, to doubt, to be a free thinker. We ended up in a world where thinking is not allowed or valued ('we don't have time to think', 'live thinking to others', don't think too much', etc.), there is no jobs for philosophers, problem solvers or thinkers of any kind. I think here is part of the problem. After all, this is an intellectual problem, it is not physical, we don't need to fly to Mars or dig to the core of Earth, all we have to do is sit down and think.
I agree with you and Daniel Ojulu if we were to spend as much money and energy on creating a dialog, as we spend on the defence, perhaps there would be no wars.
However, to me the wars have causes rather than reasons. The one that we might face between US and Russia in my view, is rooted in the masculine ego. (And neoliberalism.)
Two men however are not enough to make a war. They need an army of women and men. If that interests you, I would encourage you to explore a book called 'Ordinary Men' (Browning, 1992). It reveals how everyday men like me, you and everyone who is reading this, is vulnerable to cognitive forces, which might in certain circumstances turn us into war criminals. I know it's scary, but it's true. Milgram's studies on obedience points to a similar mechanism too (there are fascinating documentaries on YouTube).
Also, both history and science show that individuals and nations tend to distance themselves from suffering 'others'. (for example, recent hate crimes against refugees from Syria in Germany) This is explored by post Freudian social psychologists and points to the notion of distancing from others.
The key, in my view, is understanding# and values#.
Apparently, most people cannot answer the question: what are your 5 top values? If that is the case, it would be interesting to see what would it be like, if everyone knew it...
In terms of understanding, so far, only a smal percentage of people recognise these mechanisms. Out of all people on the globe, mainly those with some knowledge of psychology. In my view, this knowledge should be common and shared by all people.