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Convergence of Cultures
CdCThe Convergence of Cultures is one of the organisms of the Humanist Movement. It was established in May 4th, 1969 with a public exposition of its founder, Silo, known as “The Healing of Suffering”, in a mountainous spot in the Andes, named Punta de Vacas, next to the border between Argentina and Chile.

The Humanist Movement is based on the current of thought known as New Humanism or Universalist Humanism, developed in Silo’s works and in the work of the various authors who inspired in it.

This thought also implies a feeling and a way of living, it influences numerous fields of human activity, giving rise to diverse organisms and actions fronts. All of them act in specific fields of activity with a common goal: Humanizing the earth, thus contributing to increase human freedom and happiness.

Other organisms of the Humanist Movement are the Humanist Party, The Community for Human Development, World Without Wars and without Violence, and The World Center of Humanist Studies.
Areas of dialogueAmbitos de diálogo

What is crucial is the encounter and dialogue between human beings of different cultures who can look at each other and say: "I exist because you exist."

Nevertheless the intention to appropriate the whole by a minority and the intolerant proposals of some leaders that take advantage of the lack of future of individuals and peoples, continues to justify and feed the clash between cultures, discrimination and violence..

Today it is necessary to generate settings, ambits, to preserve the ideas, beliefs and humanist attitudes of each culture which, beyond all differences, can be found in the heart of the every community and individual.

The Mundializaction

In today's society, coexistence among different cultures is a daily event. But what is extraordinary of the current historical time is that it is a period of globalization where all cultures are approaching and influencing one another, as it had never happened before.
mundializacion
We are not speaking only about the fact that today people all over the world can be in contact with each other thanks to the advancements of communication technology. But rather, apart from the historical accumulation of phenomena such as colonialism and imperialism, the enormous inequality in the living conditions and of survival in different areas of the world, and the resulting massive migration, multi-culturality exists in the interior of territories that are still considered as "national states."

Mundialization and Globalizationglobalizacion

It is important to distinguish between this process of growing mundialization, and globalization.

The often mentioned globalization is just the traditional behavior that imperial centers have adopted. As it has repeatedly happened in history, these empires install, develop and make other communities revolve around them, trying to impose their language, customs, clothing, food and all their codes.

These imperialist structures finally end up generating violence and chaos, as a result of his naive outrage and cultural confrontation.

Our Proposals
  1. Encourage the relationship among different cultures.
  2. Denounce and struggle against all forms of manifest or disguised discrimination.
  3. Spread its ideas and activities
propuestasConvergence of Cultures is a global organization. In this respect its members, regardless of where they operate, they feel part of the same humanizing global action that is expressed in a diverse but convergent way.

Participation is open to everyone, without discrimination. Anyone who agrees with the basic objectives of the Convergence of Cultures can join the organization, joining as an active member or adherent. It is a human-based organization where each person takes responsibility for that which drives and build.

Relationships and personal and group behaviors are based on the Golden Rule: "Treat others as you want to be treated".

The humanistic attitude

When referring to a humanistic attitude, we refer to the following six points:

  • The location of the human being as central value and concern.
  • The affirmation of the equality of all human beings.
  • The recognition of personal and cultural diversity.
  • The trend towards knowledge beyond what is accepted or imposed as absolute truth.
  • The affirmation of the freedom of ideas and beliefs.
  • The repudiation of violence.

It is possible rescue in history, in thought and spirituality of each culture these elements. They crave more than a nostalgic return to a golden past, are inspired future aspirations and best represent the possible convergence between different cultures

Activities

The Base Teams meet regularly for exchange, ideological clarification, and organization of diverse activities.

Basically, Base Teams are in ongoing contact with communities of different cultures, associations and individuals, with the aim of spreading and organizing the joint activities of the organism.

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The most important activities include the following:

Organization of conferences, exhibitions, forums, cultural and artistic meetings with the participation of members of different cultures. Involvement of members in activities organized by other entities, concerning issues related to the organism's (e.g. lectures, conferences, exhibitions).

Participation in international, regional, national and local campaigns launched by the Convergence of Cultures.

Organization and participation in denouncing demonstrations against discrimination. Specific denouncing Campaigns to spread the conflicts and arbitrariness that communities of different cultures may undergo.

Sending and distribution of informational material to cultures in different countries, with the aim of diffusing and assembling individuals and organizations around the study and activities of the Convergence of Cultures

Information on different cultures in schools with the participation of members of various cultural communities.

Publications production, focused on the ideas and activities of the Convergence of Cultures. Production of TV programs, radio, videos, Web sites, papers, bulletins, etc.

Organization of seminars, lectures, presentations on topics which the Convergence of Cultures consider important for its members and for the public in general.

Make available to its members, materials for personal work based on the Manual of Personal Development for the members of the Humanist Movement.

Organization

Convergence of Cultures is a world organization; in that sense, its members, regardless of the place where they act, feel that they take part of a common humanizing world activity expressed in a diverse but convergent way.

Partaking is open and flexible. We are talking about a human-based organization, in which each person becomes responsible for what he sets in motion or builds.

The basic (and main) structures of the Convergence of Cultures are “base teams”, which develop their activity in neighborhoods, schools, universities, workplaces, via internet, etc.

Any group, organization or association that, without losing its own identity, manifests its adhesion to the principles that inspires the C.C., may ask for its inclusion as an "adherent" of the C.C. and maintain with it, relationships of mutual collaboration.

*For more information, see "Handbook of Convergence of Cultures"

The “Convergence of Cultures’ teams”
(base teams)

It is essential to encourage the implementation of three main mechanisms or functions for development of the organism:

  1. Growth: its action is directed to other people, to other organizations with the aim of spreading and implementing the ideas, proposals and tools of the Convergence of Cultures.
  2. Communication: it has a fluent Communication and interchange with other base teams of CC and other organizations related to the goals of CC.
  3. Formation: It concentrates on progressive formation of members providing them with tools for personal, cultural and social development. These studies and practices can be found in its official materials.

These teams of the Convergence of Cultures generate ties with other group and organization of its surroundings, but under no circumstances should they establish an organic relationship with any of them.

Documents
Documents as resource and reference Author Format
Handbook of Convergence of Cultures Team work 1download
Manual of Personal Development for members of the Humanist Movement. Team work 1download
Selfliberation L. A. AMMANN 1download
Collected Works I SILO 1download
Collected Works II SILO 1download
Documents of the meeting Punta de Vacas Author Format
Presentation Convergence of Cultures L.Milani 1download
Notion of Culture C. Miconi 1download
Power Point about organization E. Perez 1download
Text of the Guided Power Point E. Perez 1download
Joint Asking N. Myers 1download
Documents of difussion Autor Format
Logo Convergence of Cultures R. Edwards 1download
Logo Convergence of Cultures R. Edwards 1download
 

Siria: la paz, lo más urgente del momento

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Desde Convergencia de las Culturas, ante la situación extrema a la que están empujando al pueblo Sirio, expresamos nuestro reconocimiento al intento genuino de Revolución No-Violenta que surgió del pueblo hace ya más de un año y medio; un pueblo que convergiendo en su diversidad étnica, religiosa y cultural se levantó y se unió para pedir la paz y la libertad, y apostó con valentía por abrir el camino hacia la democracia.

 

Con su impronta se sumaron a lo que han llamado "primaveras árabes" e hicieron su intento, se quitaron el miedo, respiraron  y salieron a la calle; durante meses fueron referencia para el mundo. La señal que el pueblo sirio daba conmovía y alentaba el espíritu de cambio en todas las latitudes...

 

Durante este tiempo el mundo entero ha podido observar cómo las fuerzas antihumanistas han irrumpido y se han apropiado ilegítimamente de ese proceso que el pueblo sirio puso en marcha. Por ello en este momento:

Es urgente parar la máquina de destrucción, tortura, represión y muerte del régimen de Bashar Al-Assad.

Es urgente que pare la violencia generada por los grupos armados que utilizando la desesperación del pueblo aumentan la violencia entrando en una espiral sin salida.

Es urgente resolver este terrible conflicto que está en manos de las grandes potencias y que no se interesan por la vida de la gente.

Denunciamos la amplia diversidad de mezquinos intereses, que sólo siembran destrucción y que nada tienen que ver con poner como valor central la vida humana.

Sabiendo que hoy son ya cientos de miles de seres humanos que necesitan ayuda en hospitales fuera y dentro de Siria; que en los superpoblados campamentos de refugiados que salpican las fronteras se producen sistemáticas violaciones de los derechos humanos; que cada día que pasa se acumulan más y más personas sin asistencia que claman ayuda inmediata bloqueada por el conflicto y convencidos de que una sola vida humana es más valiosa que cualquier creencia, ideología, estado o religión, exigimos:

- El alto el fuego inmediato acompañado por el cese de todo tipo de injerencia extranjera (se trate de quien se trate).

- El abandono de cualquier forma de violencia sabiendo que una revolución armada no mejorará la situación.

Como humanistas creemos que el camino del diálogo profundo y la reconciliación, aunque difícil por las circunstancias, es el único para parar el tren de muerte. Por ello, abogamos por una solución a través del diálogo entre los pueblos, étnias, diversidades religiosas e intereses y la reconciliación entre sirios explorando nuevos modelos de democracia y de participación.

Pedimos que  nadie se mantenga  indiferente ante la injusticia, que no se haga silencio ante tanta barbarie y  animamos a que se trabaje por el cese inmediato de toda forma de violencia ya sea individualmente o a través de los distintos  colectivos y organizaciones; ayudar al proceso de paz en Siria es una de las urgencias del momento; ¡esta es la causa de las mujeres y hombres valientes!

"Yo renuncio a todo bando que proclame un ideal más alto que la vida y a toda causa que, para imponerse, genere sufrimiento. Así es que, antes de acusarme por no formar parte de facciones, examina tus manos. No sea que en ellas descubras la sangre de los cómplices. Si crees que es valiente comprometerte con aquéllas ¿qué dirás de ése al que todos los bandos asesinos acusan de no comprometerse? Quiero una causa digna del paisaje humano: la que se compromete a superar el dolor y el sufrimiento.

Niego todo derecho a la acusación que provenga de un bando en cuya historia (cercana o lejana), figure la supresión de la vida.

Niego todo derecho a la sospecha que provenga de aquellos que ocultan sus sospechosos rostros.

Niego todo derecho a bloquear los nuevos caminos que necesita recorrer el ser humano, aunque se ponga como máximo argumento a la urgencia actual. Extraído del libro "Humanizar la Tierra", Silo

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Convergence of Cultures takes leave from Silo, the inspiration for New Humanism.

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Convergence of Cultures reports the death of the philosopher Mario Luis Rodríguez Cobos (Silo), founder of "Universalist Humanism" or "New Humanism", school of thought that inspires this international organization dedicated to promoting and facilitating dialogue between cultures and combat all forms of violence and discrimination.

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