It is all-too-easy for us to osmosis-like take on the group norms of our culture. Patterns of thinking, informal norms of acceptable and unacceptable levels of emotion and conflict, unwritten shared assumptions about ethics — all of these exist within a culture (and sub-cultures) and it is easy for us to assume that “everyone” thinks like this or should think like this. But this can easily become cultural group-think which inhibits creativity and fails to engage the richness of alternative approaches that may be found in other cultures.
Last week I was at the Annual Gathering of the Baptist World Alliance (BWA), which is, for me, an annual exercise that avoids cultural group-think. Continue reading