Calling upon our own personal experiences, histories, status and processes of socialisation, we demonstrate a high level of perceptiveness and sensitivity when dealing with attitudes and ways of life that differ from our own.
Our (inter)cultural cooperative work is guided by our perceptive openness and our interest in human beings, with their personal backgrounds, mindsets, values and habits. For us, there is no “different”, only diversity. This includes:
■ WAYS OF LIFE
We respect individual and collective ways of life and everyday cultures, with their practices, habits, lifestyle ethics, rituals, manners, eating habits etc.
■ WAYS OF LIVING TOGETHER
We respect social and political forms of coexistence with others: i.e. the shared values of various people, such as equality or inequality, individualism or collectivism.
■ WAYS OF BELIEVING
We respect metaphysical interpretations and expectations of salvation, as well as world views and religions that offer approaches for assurances of individual and collective life and salvation.*
*) See Thomas Meyer (2002): “Politische Kultur und kultureller Pluralismus”, Bonn.