COSMOPOLITANISM ACCORDING TO MAX SCHELER

Harlem Guab |

October 16, 2019
Political Science

The jubilant proclamation that “ours is already the postmodern age”1 constantly remains the subject matter of the contemporary discussions in almost every sector. The inexhaustible excitement and indefatigable efforts are coupled with enormous optimism and joyful tone that the ‘new age’ opens an opulent reservoir of constructive, transformative possibilities, not least its deconstructive and nihilistic tendencies. The hopeful project of transformations that the ‘new age’ will likely offer impels especially the concerned and well-informed individuals, circles, and at most everybody to accept it as a burden and task. It is not an accident to mention the term ‘burden’, for surely it requires a creative conscious effort of participants to embrace the final conversion of unconditional service to humanity. The creation and vision of good future characterizes that general attitude and disposition of the present age. Alfredo Co writes, “sadly, it will be a world not for us to see, but gladly, it will be a world we have all helped to create.”2 It seems to be challenge than to induce a feeling of guilt not to cherish and enjoy the works of our own hands before we give way to history. Indeed, it is more than a legacy we bequeath to next generations. An alternative reading of this could an exhortation and gentle suggestion of fast-paced cooperation of many players in the world-arena. That is why, it is not surprising that the most favored concepts and practices of our age are openness, dialogue, inclusiveness, welcoming not rejecting, compassionate not egoistic, holistic, integral etc. that would foster a genuine understanding and could promote communal values in a global scale.

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