Crises remind us to listen and be kind to one another, transcending divisions like politics and embracing our shared humanity
Any crisis is a reminder that we should all take more care to listen to one another, and above all to be kind to one another. No matter what divides us, including politics, we can always find unity in our shared humanity. But first we have to understand one another, and that’s where cultural diplomacy can play a role.
The United States cultural diplomacy efforts are all ultimately focused on building mutual understanding
That’s why the United States’ cultural diplomacy efforts – from our professional and academic exchange programmes, via cultural heritage preservation efforts, to visits by star athletes – are all ultimately focused on building mutual understanding. Mutual understanding is the foundation of a community’s resilience, and resilience is what ultimately helps us emerge from crisis stronger than we were before.