Fundamentalism v. Freedom
As part of a doctoral program in Global Christianity, our cohort is picking over and engaging a litany of books at the numerous intersections of global leadership. David Livermore's book The Cultural Intelligence Difference (AMACOM, 2011) unpacks the idea of cultural intelligence as the "capability to function effectively across a variety of cultural contexts."
Livermore says: "Tribalism and ethnocentric behavior are common vices across all people and times. But humanity also has an unusual track record for changing history. [Cultural intelligence] is rooted in the [essential] belief that people can change." True.
But I remain convinced that fundamentalism is the most devilish F-word of all—whether, as an ethos or ideology, it comes clothed in race, nationalist zeal, or especially religious belief. In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack, as The New Yorker's George Packer observed, this distinction (i.e. a focus on fundamentalism as ideology; in this case, Islamic extremism) will help us to be more careful and more thoughtful in the middle of our conversations and debates about "mitigating the astonishing surge in Islamist killing around the world."
In that vein, then, of those high school yearbook prophecies that more often than not get preceded by “Most Likely To __________,” I offer you: