By shutting out all communication with other nations, the chance to progress is eliminated.Another interesting part of his argument was that for the most part, as humans sharing the same earth-we all have the same goal: to make the world a better, safer place in order to pursue our own happiness.
Of course, one could argue that they are simply doing their job.
They take an oath to protect this country and the people of it and they are not obligated to do anything more than just that.
As Americans we keep to our own and shut out the rest of the world in many ways.
Our foreign policy is such that we only get involved with other countries’ problems if we serve to benefit.
This may be partially human nature; however, this intolerance was definitely heightened drastically after the events of 9/11.
In our post 9/11 world the state of cosmopolitanism, if adopted, would greatly improve communication with other nations and lead to a progression of knowledge.
Cosmopolitan communication calls for really listening to the other side without preconceptions getting in the way. We could learn so much from other countries of the world if we adopted this philosophy.
Appiah also mentions that it’s important to remember that conversations can also be a pleasure.
Our intense fear of other cultures that stems from 9/11 has closed off communication and conversation with many parts of the world.
Our border and airport security is over the top and there is an overwhelming sense of fear regarding anyone who comes from a foreign country.