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The value of visiting other cultures

SmartBrief is partnering with Big Think to create a weekly video spotlight in SmartBrief on Leadership called “VIP Corner: Video Insights Powered by Big Think.” This week, we’re featuring Henry Rollins, musician, radio and television host, actor and activist.

In a multicultural, multinational world, many Americans have a severe deficiency in understanding other cultures — or having the interest in learning — Rollins says in this video.

The world is not without danger, especially in countries affected by war, unrest or suspicion of outsiders. But, Rollins says, the bigger danger is in refusing to engage with other cultures, particularly visiting them and interacting with people.

“Middle Eastern culture, Arabic culture, I’m no expert. Even the experts will tell you they are not experts,” Rollins says. “But there are ways of life there, ideas of civility that are so many centuries old. There‚Äôs a decency amongst some people in some parts of the world that you can learn astonishing lessons from.”

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