About

About

Hi,

My name is Philippe Roussel, and it’s my privilege to have you here, reading this page.

In a nutshell, One Home Planet is about concerned citizenship.

What do I more explicitly mean by that and what can you gain from this website?

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.

Contrary to popular belief, 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 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. Being a concerned citizen in one’s country is, consequently, also serving the whole of humanity.

This is where I stand and where I write from.

What can you expect from it?

Simply put, the practice of your critical mind concerning economic, environmental, and political issues. Each piece of writing on this website goes from question to question, making you part of the same debating process that, hopefully, will continue for you in the different posts’ comment section.

Exercising our critical mind is our first responsibility as citizens and a deeply rooted motivation of mine. Walking in the steps of the old Socrates, I am the ignorant one who only knows that knowing our own ignorance provides genuine thinking its real strength and its most efficient tool.

It is not my opinions that matter but the logical path followed, not the eventual conclusion but the process to reach it. You are, therefore, welcome to disagree or to add something of your own.

Ready to flex your critical muscles? First, then, make sure to keep in touch.