Is America a “culture shocked society” at war with itself, like the rest of the world?
Mr. Ian C. Dawkins Moore – a man on a mission, who hates ‘xenophobic troubles’, who, in a continuous journey of self-discovery, has traveled through the heart of Europe back to Africa and then America – believe it.
And so, taking the term “culture shock” from Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book Future Shock, he decided to wake us up and help us better understand the multicultural world we live in through Culture Shock News (CSN). , which can now be viewed 24/7 around the world in flash video format.
Mr. Moore’s argument is that although we have reached ‘fantastic heights’ technologically,’ the parallel development of social interaction, integration and inclusion has not kept pace. “.
He believes that societies are “at war between themselves and themselves because they do not accept the need to treat themselves as they would like to be treated themselves”.
Still, still optimistic, Moore sees a way out of our culture shock.
“My experiences,” he says, “have shown me that when people listen to each other, everyone gets positive feedback.
“Everyone I meet is a potential creative force who can change the nature of their lives and those around them.
“By focusing on one person at a time, I am encouraged by the potential for change that exists for the future.
“As Christians say: if I can help someone on their life journey, then my life will not have been in vain.”
The credentials of this London, England-born writer, teacher, engineer and video producer for dealing with the shocks of a multicultural world – or what one writer has described as “a blurry, polyglot Blade Runner world. »While reviewing the work of Mr. Moore [Anneli Rufus in the East Bay Express, August 10, 2005]-are persuasive.
As a “child of the 50s and 60s”, he considers himself to be “the first generation perhaps, to give a voice to the multicultural reality of the modern world” [Culture Shock Essays by I. C. Moore, Jukebox Press, Oakland, CA, 1999; page 1].
“I am,” Mr. Moore points out, “the product of an English mother and a Jamaican father,” and since neither of them raised him, he had many surrogate parents and families from whom he was born. learned “to love those who give love.”
And in what would later become characteristic of him, he spent his youth fleeing “xenophobic troubles” [“My Bio-Sphere,” Culture Shock Essays].
After obtaining a British degree in civil engineering in 1970, Mr. Moore embarked on a journey across continents which honed his vision and role in a multicultural world.
First of all, he traveled all over Europe, doing various jobs. Then in 1974, he decided to devote himself to the teaching profession and traveled to West Africa for two years in search of the “African side” of his nature.
He crossed the Sahara Desert and traveled through Algeria, Mali (visit to Timbuktu), Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso), Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Sierra Leone , teaching English and working as a graphic designer, sales manager and diamond miner.
Mr Moore writes that his African odyssey had a “profound effect” on his “precocious manhood” [“The Road to Ramadan,” Culture Shock Essays, p. 51] by realizing his true African connection.
It was also during this trip that he became a Muslim.
On his conversion to Islam, Mr. Moore reflects in “The Road to Ramadan”:
“Through faith and compassion, my understanding of the world and its different peoples has been greatly improved. Above all, the search for the truth through constant inquiry and self-examination has persisted throughout. those many years since I found myself on the road to Ramadan. “
In 1976 he returned to England again and worked on an oil rig in the North Sea as an enthusiast and as a planning engineer for an oil company in Aberdeen, Scotland. He has also played the saxophone in various groups at local establishments and participated in a number of theatrical productions.
Then in 1981, Mr. Moore moved to the United States and established himself as an award-winning freelance writer, graphic designer and video producer, and decided to wake us up with CSN
His mission enlightens him. Elaborating on the CSN’s exploration of the contributions of all the cultures that make up the American family, including its confrontations, Mr. Moore says, “I have embarked on one of the most interesting challenges of my life: changing the world through poetry and art. expression, one poet at a time.
“I have a knack for meeting people and encouraging their creative spirit.
“Each individual needs to be free, and this can be best done by opening up to their creative mind.”
He has written four books, two on culture and education, and two books of poetry.
This avid reader, who writes on average “one book a week”, which he finds everything to have an influence on him, says in his autobiographical poem, “My Bio-Sphere” [Culture Shock Essays, p. 110]:
I read like a fish swimming in the night
I spend more on pounds than I have such a right
I meditate, I calm down and I stay loose.
My dreams are to learn the core of the word
My hopes are to hunt this winged bird
My efforts, I pray, are to teach and to be heard.
Poem © 1999 Ian CD Moore
Based in Oakland, California, since 1981, Mr. Moore has lived with his wife Bridgette and daughter Jazmine.
Flash Reviews of Two Books by Ian C. Dawkins Moore
Culture shock trials [Jukebox Press, Oakland, CA, 1999; $13; ISBN 0-932693-04-0]
All of these essays are driven by Mr. Moore’s unique perspective. He says what he has in mind, a mind aware of the possibilities and multicultural contributions of our time, as well as its confusions, describing his travels in essays titled: “Coming to America”; “See London and die”; “The Ramadan Road” (about his conversion to Islam); “China: 6000 years in 6 days”; “The Promised Land” (his stay in Palestine); “Jamaica-No Problem” (his experience with Hurricane Gilbert in 1988); and “Nice Chap” (an essay on his relationship with his father).
The color of jazz (poetry) [Quilombo Enterprises ICM, Oakland, CA]
These poems, which record observations and memorable moments from Mr. Moore’s life, each written with a person in mind – including poets, musicians, politicians, himself and his family, have been published in 2001 as “ Kweku Dawkins, Writer, Poet, Storyteller. The one I found interesting was a poem for the poet of the poet that reflects an essential aspect of himself, both as a poet and as a person, whom he wishes to celebrate and recognize:
IT’S NOT WITH EYES OF TEARS (For Kweku D.)
It’s not with teary eyes
May I greet the dawn of the new season.
I don’t hunt like a butterfly either
Son of a half-forgotten tapestry.
I sing no song of pain to uplift my muse,
Because she calls me from all walks of life,
A mind fixed to my inner soul
—- I just have to listen.
Poem: © 2001 Ian CD Moore (Kweku Dawkins).