Thursday, January 28, 2010

Ethics in a World of Strangers

In considering the reactions from the Kenyan public to the tragedy in Haiti, to Jamaican preacher Abdullah Al-Faisal, to those that took to the street in demonstrating for his freedom and to the crackdown on Somali immigrants in Nairobi's Eastleigh district, we provide here a link to a Kwame Appiah lecture, Ethics in a World of Strangers.

In it he proposes that cosmopolitanism is not a solution, but a great challenge. He suggests that modern society has exaggerated the power of difference while neglecting the power of commonality.

What it is our collective responsibility towards those different from us, to immigrants?