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“Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours”

A list of suggestions from the UN about how to mark World Day of Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development suggests doing some reading. Good. But where to start?
A few recommendations

“Read about the great thinkers of other cultures than yours (e.g. Confucius, Socrates, Avicenna, Ibn Khaldun, Aristotle, Ganesh, Rumi)”

This is a great suggestion. We at CIC love books, and we love great thinkers. We also know that people’s time is scarce, and there is so very very much that should be read … let’s try to make things more practical. Look at the picture above: these are some of our favorite books on each of the great thinkers mentioned. Ganesh is the outlier, of course. Socrates was a man, Avicenna was a man whose name happened to be Ibn Sina … Ganesh is an elephant headed god who is a particular favorite of Hindu. Ganesh also is a scholar and writer, and he is credited with writing down the great epic poem Mahābhārata as the poet Vyāsa dictated. Everyone should read at least a summary of the Mahābhārata.

That’s a lot of reading, but it’s worth it. If you would like a shorter assignment, check out these short videos. (See, the internet is not all bad.)


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