Saturday, September 19, 2009

Global citizenship: the myth of countries

"As I think of the many myths, there is one that is very harmful, and that is the myth of countries. I mean, why should I think of myself as being an Argentine, and not a Chilean, and not an Uruguayan. I don't know really. All of those myths that we impose on ourselves — and they make for hatred, for war, for enmity — are very harmful. Well, I suppose in the long run, governments and countries will die out and we'll be just, well, cosmopolitans."

- "A Conversation With Jorge Luis Borges", Artful Dodge (April 1980)

1 comment:

  1. Are we different from each other because of our artificial national borders, or do we create artificial national borders because different groups of people think differently from each other? I've always believed in the latter.


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