Mirror, mirror on the wall…..

Nationalism is one of the roots of many of humanity’s greatest atrocities.  It also lies at the root of millions of tiny wrongs, insults and hurts issued on a daily basis.  Imagine a world without borders.  Without rulers.  It is either paradise or Mad Max.  (Just never, ever, imagine a map with no border.  Ever.)

“A man’s nationality is not the whole of his identity, of course, but when he is removed from his language, his home, his favorite coffee house or beer hall, his tools and his newspaper and the streets where he once walked freely, he cannot help but lose something essential of himself…. Belonging no more to just one nation, the refugee has seen the tragedy of nationalism and the potentialities of cosmopolitanism. His perspective is broader, his sensibility more generous. The late Edward Said wrote several times of the twelfth-century Saxon Monk, Hugo of St Victor who once said, “The man who finds his homeland sweet is still a tender beginner; he to whom every soil is his native one is already strong; but he is perfect to whom the entire world is as a foreign land.”” Andrew Rotter. Hiroshima – The World’s Bomb

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights.  But even this triptych has borders. :(

Hieronymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights. But even this triptych has borders. 😦

One response to “Mirror, mirror on the wall…..

  1. Well said. Since I was very young I wanted to be a citizen of the world…. But Hugh of Saint Victot is wiser!

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