What's so Bad about Cosmopolitanism?
“Nobody is equal to anybody. Even the same man is not equal to himself on different days.” -Thomas Sowell Cosmopolitanism wasn’t always such downfall material. Traveling the world and learning about other cultures was a good thing, as was allowing oneself to get out of their nation and explore new territories and empires. Becoming aware of a world in which various ethnicities flourished and advanced differently, people saw the true beauty of diversity as each race of snowflakes shined. The concept of egalitarianism was reserved for a moral framework. According to Wikipedia, cosmopolitanism is now considered to be “the ideology that all human ethnic groups belong to a single community based on a shared morality.” How did we get here, and what are the consequences? Greek philosopher (and professional badass) Diogenes of Sinope was credited with the first known use of the word “cosmopolitan.” A founder of Cynicism who described himself as a citizen of the world, he had little clue of what was about to transpire. He was one of the first hipsters, as he completely rejected the idea of identitypolitik. He was a citizen of the world, goddammit, and viewed nationalism as a tool for the unenlightened. Going from one tribe to another in order to “find himself,” he quickly realized that all nations were equally dogmatic in their cultural boxes. Yet this did not make them equal in a moral or scientific sense. To state that all nations share a common morality has become deceptive at best, but the very fabric of cosmopolitanism now depends on this. The right-wing bogeyman of Cultural Marxism comes to mind, as a new monoculture in which everyone who thinks exactly the same way takes dominance, and political correctness rules with an iron first in a velvet glove made of 100% organic material. The study of genetic differences among various ethnic groups was once considered to be a progressive act, exploring the human biodiversity rainbow room. Now? Don’t even go there, girlfriend! In Somalia, female genital mutilation is considered to be the norm. While this is not considered to be a moral act in most other countries, it is considered to be an integral part of Somalian culture. Many would consider it immoral to go against their private cultural practices and traditions, but others would consider it immoral not to nuke-the-living-fuck-out-of-them. If we are to believe Wikipedia, we are to believe that morality is equal in both Somalia and France. Charlie Hebdo does not approve, and cosmopolitanism is not just a magazine in Egypt. When infamous crypto-reactionary Derrida was asked to summarize cosmopolitanism, he stated that “you should of course welcome the stranger, the foreigner, to the extent that he is a citizen of another country, but that you grant him the right to visit and not to stay.” Such bigotry and much racism, but I digress. Derrida was against Cultural Marxism because he considered it to be limited. Rallying against the SJW empire of yesterday, he dreamed of a world in which monoculture was not the prominent vice of the peasant. What Derrida didn’t realize was that monoculture was more than a vice for the lowly workers, who sought to travel the lands of Babylon and Babylon 2.0 in order to find themselves in this global empire of identitypolitik. Exploring the worlds of art and music, they cared little for political correctness and everything for the higher attainment of knowledge. There was nothing wrong with cosmopolitanism at its root. It was pure neophilia, and who didn’t grow up reading Robert Anton Wilson? According to Paul Kriwaczed in “Babylon: Mesopotamia and the Birth of Civilization,” Babylon was the most famous, notorious, splendid, and admired city of antiquity. He observed that we were forced to rely on our account of early Babylonian history for oblique hints and incidental references by others. Setting the blueprint for the cycle of revolution/reaction/restoration, Babylon became a metaphor in both Historical circles and the Thelemic tradition. In can now be said that Babylon is always rising and falling, whether referred to as Rome or The Goddess. Yet its origins were in Mesopotamia, where cosmopolitanism was simply a mode of discovery and exploration. When we think of cosmopolitanism now, we do not think of a vagabond spirit in which man is the seeker of a higher terrestrial knowledge. Instead, we think of Harvard and Cambridge, and an obnoxious attitude of “worldliness” that elevates one above the common American neckbeard. Babylon has fallen again, but it wants you to know that it’s still trying to find itself. Perhaps it is not looking to commit white genocide, but simply to discover music that is not Justin Bieber. Perhaps it is looking to rise into an empire of higher awareness, in which egalitarianism is discarded along with artists such as Banksy. The tides are turning, and the currents are finding more than a basic answer of 93. That being said, one should always do thy will. Cosmopolitanism can be snobby, but then again so was Diogenes of Sinope, and isn’t that what made Stoicism so biting? Can we adapt his Cynicism without being labeled as Cultural Marxists? I believe that we can, because I see a world in which the restoration will not be televised. After all, television is for the weak, and nobody likes an untermensch.
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