Sunday, November 20, 2022


One Big Tribe?

Morgan Freeman, 2022 World Cup opening ceremony:
We all gather here in one big tribe.
Diogenes of Oenoanda, fragment XXIV, column II, lines 3-11 William = fragment XXX Smith (tr. A.A. Long and D.N. Sedley):
In relation to each segment of the earth different people have different native lands. But in relation to the whole circuit of this world the entire earth is a single native land for everyone, and the world a single home.

καθ' ἑκάστην μὲν γὰρ ἀποτομὴν τῆς γῆς ἄλλων ἄλλη πατρίς ἐστιν, κατὰ δὲ τὴν ὅλην περιοχὴν τοῦδε τοῦ κόσμου μία πάντων πατρίς ἐστιν ἡ πᾶσα γῆ καὶ εἷς ὁ κόσμος οἶκος.
Donald Richie (1924-2013), The Inland Sea (1971; rpt. Berkeley: Stone Bridge Press, 2002), p. 42:
"One world" is becoming a hideous possibility and I wish to celebrate our differences for as long as is possible.

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