The word cosmopolitan It comes from a Greek term that in Spanish is interpreted as "world citizen" . It is an adjective that allows you to describe everything that results common to the countries . Said of a individual , a cosmopolitan being is one who conceives all corners of the planet as your contry . Regarding an animal or a plant species, it is said that an organism is cosmopolitan when it is aclimata to any territory or manages to withstand all kinds of weather conditions.
It should be made clear that those who first used the term cosmopolitan were the Stoic philosophers and that they openly declared themselves citizens of the world. Those were the members of a philosophical movement, created by Zeno de Citio in the year 301 BC, which left humanity as a legacy of its theory of knowledge or stoic morality.
"Citizen of the world" is a phrase that applies to those who intend to exceed the boundaries of the geopolitical division and national citizenships that correspond to the various state Sovereigns Cosmopolitans reject the patriotic identity imposed by the national governments and are recognized as independent Being citizens of the Earth.
Beyond the ideological or philosophical issue, the entire cosmopolitan supports a political plan designed to develop a new model of citizenship that has global reach and is voluntary.
Cosmopolitans believe that the person must acquire voluntary commitments and the right to active participation in the place you select to reside, within a localist and federative administration with other locations. In this way, the man He will be a local citizen of the area of which he is a neighbor as long as he lives there and maintains the will to be a citizen.
Among the causes defended by cosmopolitans, the freedom from any kind of prejudice national, ethnic, sexual or religious, gender equity, auxiliary languages, the universal system of weights and measures, the universal currency, the democratic globalization and the education and health care for all .
In the same way it should also be stressed that today the term cosmopolitan is widely used to refer to various cities in the world. Specifically, when this word is used to refer to a specific city, what is meant is that many people from different parts of the world live there, that many cultures live together and that it is open to all kinds of cultural influences come from wherever come on
Thus, for example, in Spain it is frequent that the aforementioned adjective is used to qualify places like Barcelona or Madrid. An example of this can be the following: “Madrid is a cosmopolitan city that opens its arms to welcome people from all over the world willing to enrich themselves with the cultural hodgepodge that exists thanks to the coexistence in harmony of American, European or European citizens Asians. "
It is interesting to emphasize that in the mid-nineteenth century there was a periodic publication called The Cosmopolitan. A political and journalistic magazine that was created and directed by the writer Juan Montalvo, an Ecuadorian who tried to use this medium to publicize situations and events that took place throughout the planet.