Cultural Diplomacy

 “I truly recommend your efforts in using music and culture to bridge the gap
between the United States and other countries of the world. It is by employing
peaceful methods, as you do so well, that we will bring this world closer together.” Congresswoman Lois Capps, Dem. Oxnard, CA
People ask me how I approach cultural diplomacy. First; understanding the historical emotionalism of different societies, then building bridges that all sides want to cross. I created my diplomatic approach when, as a boy, I deeply studied the methods of Leonardo Da Vinci. He challenged my mind to voyage a vastly different world of thought. I’ve trained my mind to see the world as a matrix of interconnected, three dimensional thought patterns.
To give you an example: As you move a flashlight over a net of ideas in the dark, certain areas light up according to your position to the object in the matrix. Learning to control the moving light of 4D thought in your 3D mind is a difficult objective and takes many years to develop. For my approach, that meant a kind of “artistic-diplomatic relativity. One analogy would be the concept of “remote viewing” with an artistic component. Culture is like looking at the constellation, Ursa Major, (Big Dipper.) Its only the Big Dipper from here on earth. From another point in the galaxy, the stars will still be in the same position, but their pattern is different. Understanding another culture is similar. Every person’s culture on earth is just a pattern we see from our perspective. We need to be able to see others from a different point than our own reference, then find common ground. In a way, my approach is similar to how the Wright Bros. solved and flew the first airplane at Kitty Hawk. One asked Wilber Wright later, how does an airplane fly? He didn’t speak of aerodynamics, design or engines. He simply responded: “It doesn’t have time to fall down” This, is exactly the kind of 4D perspective I use in solving seemingly, impossible problems.That is why it works and is effective.

Staring intently forever at a huge cluster of problems will not solve the puzzle, but mentally separating world events into cultural sub-modalities, mentally distorting those modalities to understand the substructure of those variables, will. That’s how I learned to play 16 instruments. Once I deeply understood the concept of music, each instrument just became another vehicle for its expression. I believe schools should not teach students to play the violin, but to express the music in their hearts, through the piece of wood in their hands. The reeds, catgut and bark of ancient times are the flutes, harps, violins and guitars of today. These will change as well.

Through an “American Cultural Renaissance,” we can utilize the best lessons of great historical cultural achievement, and re-define those concepts in a twenty-first century global context. Not a cultural Pax-Americana to impose upon the world, but to lead honorably, trusted by our deeds. To listen, not because we must, but because it is noble.