The Cosmopolitan Initiative
“I'm all for nationalism.....so long as it refers to a Nation of Humanity ~ ed.
Cosmopolites : from gk. Kosmospolites, from kosmos "world" + polites "citizen," from polis "city"
* The Cosmopolitan refuses to be solely defined by or identified with her/is place of birth or upbringing.
* The Cosmopolitan realises that her/is identity is formulated by contribution from a myriad of cultures whether s/he is aware of them or not - due to which, a debt of gratitude or sceptical appreciation is owed to its source.
* The Cosmopolitan believes that all identity is learnt and therefore refuses to replicate in its entirety that which is presumed to be her/is culturally & geographically-defined heritage simply because it is expected as a matter of tradition.
* The Cosmopolitan views the entirety of the earth as her/is place of birth and will determine, through inquisition and selection, that which will make up her/is identity.
* The Cosmopolitan realises that true perspectival progress lies with the fusion of the best of cultures and thus seeks to embody this Truth in her/is objective appreciation of the value of all cultures. This is undertaken for the purpose of constructing a culture worthy of respect as opposed to according culture respect on the mere basis of its being 'culture'. In this, The Cosmopolitan seeks to understand difference as opposed to discounting it.
* This perspective and associated symbols are diametrically opposed to the perspectival deficiency underlying those avowing unquestioning perspectival allegiance, origin, or affiliation to any one particular nationality, race, culturally distinguished state-of-being insofar as that state-of-being is not representative of the best of all cultures.
The aim of this perspective is to incite a more conscious pursuit of cosmopolitanism via a resolute adoption of the perspectives enumerated in the aforementioned articles.
This article is not meant to simply promote 'tolerance', but to promote a more open-eyed search for, and adoption of, the best elements of cultures. It aims to relegate the narrow notions associated with, amongst others, 'race' and 'nationality', to the proverbial dustbin of history.
The Cosmopolitan Blogger/Thinker/Writer/Citizen will try to not narrow her/is interests and articles to include only 'local' affairs or those of personal interest, but will seek to discover, appreciate and engage in 'foreign' affairs as a means by which one's Cosmopolitan vision might be realised.
[first published, 9th August, 2007. edited, 18th Oct, 2009]