Home and Globalization

Globalization used to be a promise that many reflected in cosmopolitan attitudes. Today’s reality, though, is different. Our time is characterized by nationalism, not by cosmopolitanism. Nationalism can be understood as a kind of reaction to globalization: people tend to feel lost in the face of rapid change and changing identities, thus seeking for a refuge in nationalist thought. And yet there is the question of whether a critique of nationalism must result into a critique of those who feel a need for a cultural home to live in. Moreover, the question arises whether globalization leaves people rent between their need for a cultural home and the ideal of open-mindedness in terms of cosmopolitan attitudes. What does it mean to deal with such a condition? Do we need to decide in favor of one of those two sides, or it is possible to reconcile the search for cultural orientation with open-mindedness?