Prominent atheist A.C. Grayling and some other well-known academics (including Richard Dawkins) have recently announced plans to set up a private college in London called the New College of the Humanities, which will charge students £18,000 a year in tuition fees. I would like to propose that the coincidence between this privatized (read: classist) model [...]
Alphonso Lingis identifies the potential for genuine community (despite the radical difference that separates us) as being deeply intertwined with the experience of mortality. Inspired by Lingis’s concept of ‘the community of the dying’, I began to wonder if there was any correlation between the horror vacui we experience in intercultural encounters and the universal fear of death. If so, perhaps changing the way we relate to our mortality could change the way we relate to others.
Ian Burzynski served as the first Assistant Director of Operations for State of Formation. He is a non-profit worker, intercultural communication practioner, and secular advocate for intertraditional engagement. He has worked with Pathways for Mutual Respect and the Cordoba Initiative and now serves as Chief Development Officer at Distressed Children & Infants International.