Citizens of the World
And so we have to labour and to work, and work hard, to
give reality to our dreams. Those dreams are for India, but
they are also for the world, for all the nations and peoples are
too closely knit together today for any one of them to imagine
that it can live apart. Peace is said to be indivisible, so is free-
dom, so is prosperity now, and so also is disaster in this One
World that can no longer be split into isolated fragments.
—Jawaharlal Nehru, speech on the eve of
India’s independence, 14 August 1947
Suddenly the walls that separated the different races are seen
to have given way, and we find ourselves standing face to face.
—Tagore, The Religion of Man, 1931
We live in a world in which people face one another across gulfs of geography, language, and nationality. More than at any time in the past, we all depend on people we have never seen, and they depend on us. The problems we need to solve—economic, environmental, religious, and political—are global in their scope. They have no hope of being solved unless people once distant come together and cooperate in ways they have not before. Think