FRENCH ANTHROPOLOGIST, PHILOSOPHER AND SOCIOLOGIST
“Mutual understanding between human beings, whether they are close or strangers, is henceforth vital for human relations to leave behind their barbaric state of incomprehension. Therefore, there is a need to study misunderstanding from its roots, its modalities and its effects. This study is all the more necessary because it focuses not on the symptoms but on the causes of racism, xenophobia and contempt.
At the same time, it constitutes one of the surest foundations of education for peace, to which we are linked by essence and vocation.
Communication is triumphant, the planet is crisscrossed with networks, cell phones, modems, the Internet. However, general misunderstanding is still the rule. Of course, we have witnessed tremendous progress in mutual understanding. But the misunderstanding seems to progress even further. The understanding problem has become crucial for human beings, and minimizing it must be one of the aims of future education.”