Thursday, February 02, 2006

There is so much we don't know.

Do Alternatives to the Dominator Model Exist?

Yes. The city-state of Dubrovnik was an intentional alternative creation. In the early 1200s, the founding members of Dubrovnik conspired to create a state that would not engage in war. Deciding that a monarchy or long-term ruler would threaten the peace, the council elected a city Rector for a one-month term. After thirty days, the Rector returned to his seat on the city council. Proficient in the ways of diplomacy and intent on long-term stability, Dubrovnik’s City Council maintained peace and prosperity in their city-state for nearly 600 years. It is important to note that states on all sides of Dubrovnik were often at war, but never with Dubrovnik. Nor did Dubrovnik ever seek to conquer territory.

It is unlikely that you have ever heard of Dubrovnik’s history. Because of our cultural bias, we learn very little about cultures that don’t engage in warfare or amass territory. We have been raised with heroes; Dubrovnik didn’t have heroes. We have been raised in a highly competitive culture; Dubrovnik citizens were raised in a cooperative and peacemaking culture. Stories about peacemaking cultures are omitted from our history books. There is so much we don't know.

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