My name is Philippe Roussel and it’s my privilege to have you here, reading this page.
One Home Planet is about citizenship. Not as related to a particular place of birth but as being part of the same human community.
What do I mean by that? As you probably know, the ancient Greeks used the word polis, root for “politics”, to name what we call “city”. First and foremost, citizenship is indeed about the project we take on, as social beings, to enrich life and ease its burden for each and everyone in the “city”. This transcends all barriers of race, religion, culture, or even territory that are too often used to discriminate against others.
In that sense, and as the Greeks understood it, there are no “others” among free people. Our citizenship is a political act based on the values of freedom and justice, which, if words have a meaning, are universal.
It is not the land we were born in, its language, or its traditions that define us as citizens, but only that we recognize ourselves as part of its collective political project. Although it certainly is a good thing to love one’s country and to be keenly aware of what we have inherited from it—I would even argue that it is indispensable—freedom and justice are a matter of principle, not of cultural differences.
This is where I stand and where I write from.
How can this matter to you?
What I bring to the table is quite simple: an opportunity to debate. Exercising our critical mind is our first responsibility as free citizens and a deeply rooted motivation of mine. Each piece of writing on this website simply goes from question to question, making you part of that inner debate as much as I am. Most importantly, I am not the knowledgeable one, here, but the ignorant one. Whether in personal posts or when summarizing the thinking process of others, all I am trying to do is to shed light on my own ignorance as a pathway to discovery. That’s the most useful I can be.
Ready to flex your critical muscles?