50% of the surveyed students born in a particular member state of the European Union intend to move abroad for a time. Are they betraying their mother country? What kind of emotions hang around them while hearing their greatest national poem at school celebrations? „Oh, Magyar, keep immovably your native country’s trust, for it has born you, and at death will consecrate your dust!”
Patriotism. The comitted affection and defense of one’s country have led to terrible massacres and uncountable self-sacrifices throughout the history. I was fortunately born in peacetime when the threat of grabbing real guns seems not too severe. However, decisions to leave one’s country often face rather critical and hostile reactions. Expatriots are frequently blamed for not loving their country enough to stay and boost it.
Due to globalization many consider that nation-state based political system has become outdated. By definition cosmopolitanism is the ideology that all humans belong to one community, based on a shared ethics. Individuals from different origins form bonds of mutual respect.
I am wondering what will strengthen further the connection among cosmopolitans beyond this mutual acceptance. Our current patriotic identity and cohesion are based on our national history, literature and pride of what we have done for humanity. How will it be possible to form a similar connection between individuals whose nations led bloody wars against each other in the past?
Our basic necessities include belongingness and safety needs. What can be the nuclear community the interests and borders of which should be protected? Although the idea of one single united humanity is graceful, cooperation always goes hand in hand with conflicts of interests. What will be the guidelines for a cosmopolitan when forming opinion? It is high time to answer these questions as future cosmopolitan citizens have already been born and need consistent upbringing.