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 men. 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. It is certainly 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—but freedom and justice are a matter of principle, not of cultural differences. Through all national and regional particularities, being a citizen always refer to the same universal values.
This is where I stand and where I write from.
Now, what do I bring for you to bother reading my posts or OHP newsletter?
The answer is simple: debating. I am not the knowledgeable one but the ignorant one. Each piece of writing testifies of a thinking process that goes from question to question, making you part of that inner debate as much as I am.
Exercising our critical mind is our first responsibility as free citizens and a deeply rooted motivation of mine. This is what I invite you to do too.