Welcome to Culture in Peril!
This blog serves as your source for news and information about humankind’s shared cultural heritage. Culture in Peril discusses and interprets ongoing heritage issues as well as provides insight into how and why these issues are–and must be–a concern to all.
Irrespective of age, gender, race, religion, and beliefs, human beings across the world are linked by a common heritage and shared cultural legacy. This heritage and legacy is both materially and cognitively significant, that is, we can see them and think them. The overarching goal of Culture in Peril is to explicate why irreparable damage and destruction of heritage resources — tangible and intangible, cultural and natural — affects all of us. (Likewise, preservation of our heritage resources is a shared obligation, too.) Thus, an underlying premise of Culture in Peril is the loss of this shared heritage represents a grave impediment to the mutual understanding and acceptance of the world cultures and their diversity.
A Kenyan Proverb reads: “Treat the Earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was loaned to you by your children.” In much the same way, cultural heritage preservation is not just about showing respect for the present; we must respect and care for the past so it may available in the future.
Culture in Peril addresses cultural heritage issues broadly and subjectively. Perspectives and opinions belong solely to the author, unless otherwise quoted or cited. Readers are encouraged to engage in friendly, constructive debate by commenting on the material in an appropriate, discursive manner. We can only hope that this discussion will reveal our fundamental humanity, that these sensitive issues may be treated with empathy rather than indifference, for they undoubtedly affect us now and forever.