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The Bridge and The Man
The Bridge and The Man

Author(s): Krzysztof Czyżewski
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Centar za multikulturalnost
Keywords: Dialogue; Other; Culture; Values

Summary/Abstract: The author argues that we, motivated by the imagination of dialogue, involve ourselves in a discourse with the Other, one that could be our own voice, a supernatural being, an alternative reality, existence on another plane, untamed memory, a person with whom we share our life, a neighbour with roots in a different culture, a differently minded or handicapped roommate, a fellow-citizen of other nationality or religion. The imagination of the dialogue in action becomes an ethos, a series of actions and practical skills gained through following the code of values conforming to its spirit. When a man stops transcending himself, and stops on the path towards that spirit, the organs and the functions responsible for achieving it decline in him. We should feel warned by the fact that we perceive the disappearance of the ethos of dialogue at a special moment in time indicating a new reality surrounding us – never in history has a man lived in the condition of close neighbourhood of such a great variety of cultures, so apparently separate and at the same time, so violently changing the world around him.

  • Issue Year: IX/2008
  • Issue No: 15
  • Page Range: 54-63
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English