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 follows that, contrary to all forms of nationalism, 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 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, more specifically, could this be of interest 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. This is why each piece of writing on this website goes from question to question, making you part of the same debating process.
You may find out that you do not agree with my conclusions. This is, of course, perfectly fine. Not just out of mutual respect but, most importantly, because far from being the knowledgeable one I am the ignorant one whose role is to shed light on his own ignorance as a pathway to discovery. It is not what I think that matters but the logical path I followed; not the eventual conclusion but the process to reach it.
My whole ambition is that you find this website’s contents useful enough for building your own judgment. And if this means contradicting what I say, all the better; what we will have achieved together is called a dialog.
Ready to flex your critical muscles? Let’s talk!