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Most Americans Believe that--if We Better Understood the Values of People in Other Countries--There Would Be Less Conflict


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WITH ELECTION-DAY APPROACHING, MUCH OF THE MEDIA-COVERAGE SHOWS AN AMERICA THAT'S GREATLY DIVIDED ON ISSUES LIKE IMMIGRATION AND RELIGIOUS-TOLERANCE.  HOWEVER, A RECENT SURVEY FROM THE FETZER INSTITUTE OFFERS A FRESH AND MORE-NUANCED LOOK.  ACCORDING TO ITS "SURVEY OF LOVE AND FORGIVENESS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY", NINE IN 10 AMERICANS BELIEVE THAT THE WORLD IS BECOMING MORE FEARFUL AND VIOLENT; HOWEVER, SIX IN 10 BELIEVE THAT, IF WE BETTER UNDERSTOOD THE VALUES OF PEOPLE IN OTHER COUNTRIES, THERE WOULD BE LESS CONFLICT.  FETZER INSTITUTE PRESIDENT AND C-E-O, LAWRENCE SULLIVAN, COMMENTS ON THE FINDINGS...

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"ENCOURAGINGLY, THIS STUDY CONFIRMS THAT WE AMERICANS STRONGLY DESIRE TO CONNECT WITH THE WIDER WORLD.  FOR THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS, LEARNING ABOUT OTHER CULTURES IS SEEN AS CREATING THE POTENTIAL FOR MORE-SIGNIFICANT LOVE, IN THE GLOBAL-COMMUNITY.  THE FETZER INSTITUTE IS INTENSELY INTERESTED IN THE MEANINGS OF LOVE, ACROSS CULTURES--AND IN THE WAYS THAT THE POWER OF LOVE IS MANIFEST IN THE WORK OF OUR DAILY LIVES.
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THE SURVEY ALSO FINDS THAT AT LEAST 90-PERCENT OF AMERICANS DESIRE MORE-MEANINGFUL LOVE IN THE WORLD--AND MORE FORGIVENESS.  FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT "FETZER"-DOT-ORG; THAT'S "F-E-T-Z-E-R"-DOT-ORG.



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