Cosmopolitanism is a philosophical position that treats all people as belonging to a shared, single world regardless of cultural differences. The theory originates from Greek philosopher Diogenes (c. 412 BCE – 323 BCE) who declared that he was a ‘citizen of the world’. Cosmopolitanism seeks to acknowledge and celebrate individual differences without judgement, but also recognise that, morally, we belong to a shared humanity. That we are connected by similar concerns and needs as a species regardless of nation states, religious beliefs, or cultural heritage. That this commonality overrides all other concerns.
We turn our faces from the stars.
In Virginia, Kabul, Pyongyang, Paris, Damascus
the world is more insubstantial,
the planets more various than we think.
A child knows only of love and not being loved,
the flower of growth and withering.
Reason is a fault of human engineering.
We sit upon our crumbling banks of sand,
and cast stones against the dam.
The drift of stars gaze on indifferently,
our bridges fall. The child’s beaten heart, the withered flowers
sleep through their cradle song of shells and bombs,
as we plough our fields of dust.
World Citizen (David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto)
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