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Christmas for Togetherness

As we know, the world is currently experiencing a new wave of nationalism and populism. In the human search for meaning and purpose, one of the appealing solutions is to retreat  nostalgically in mythical past eras and places, or to be lured into simplistic social solutions to complex cultural problems.

This kind of thinking suggests that if only we can detach ourselves from the difficulties caused by others, we can recreate a more secure world unthreatened by those people we do not like or understand.

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Authored by Martyn Goss
Posted: Sun, 07/08/2018 - 9:26am

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Authored by atob_92
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Authored by DevonPRNews
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Authored by Linda Edwards Dimmick
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