Finding belonging halfway across the world

A few years ago I researched cosmopolitanism, which basically is a philosophy or worldview that emphasises the importance of recognising and respecting the diversity of cultures and identities that make up our global community. It is based on the belief that all human beings have inherent value and dignity, regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, religion, or other social categories. Time for me to practice some real life cosmopolitanism as I am moving halfway across the world in just a few weeks from now. Giving up all my comfortable stability in the Netherlands, ready for a life changing adventure. Which from a cosmopolitan view, is beautiful! Because at its core, cosmopolitanism is about recognising the interconnectedness of our world and embracing the idea that we all have a responsibility to work together to create a more just and equitable society. This means moving beyond narrow nationalistic or ethnocentric perspectives and adopting a more global outlook that values and respects the perspectives of people from different backgrounds and cultures. Time for a little self test on the Bennett scale.

All you need is a growth mindset and you are set up for a life altering world view. One of the key benefits of cosmopolitanism is that it encourages us to embrace diversity and learn from different perspectives. Which can lead to greater understanding and empathy, as well as new insights and innovations. If you are interested in keeping track of these upcoming adventures, follow me on this new Instagram account: Tulips to Tumbleweeds.

Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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