On Cultures

“All people are like all others, like some others, and like no other.”
– Clyde Kluckhohn, anthropologist  and social theorist.

One thing that was instilled in me from an early point in my undergraduate studies was the centrality of empathy, patience, and openness towards difference that is so endemic to the cross-cultural minister’s task.  I am grateful for having been taught that people groups are both inherently diverse and irreducibly connected; that cultures can be compared but must also be appreciated as the unique, one-of-a-kind tapestries that they are.  I stumbled upon this quote in the January 2012 edition of Missiology: An International Review and thought it worth sharing.