Kwame Appiah Cosmopolitanism Analysis

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The Balance of Acceptance Being on two different extremes on a spectrum, one would never think that there could be similarity between passive and aggressive. That similarity is acceptance. Without the balance of passive and aggressive, acceptance would not be possible. It is impossible to accept something or someone without being passive. A perfect example of this would be Kwame Appiah, an author who firmly believes in Cosmopolitanism. In short, Cosmopolitanism is a belief in which all are accepted, no matter how similar or different one is from another. Appiah is very passionate about sharing these ideal for she believes that they can change and solve many problems in the world today. Appiah fits the ideals of passive acceptance because he…show more content…
Without acceptance, friendships, relationship, group projects, and college would not be possible. Acceptance makes interactions among people who share nothing in common possible. Appiah introduces the concept of acceptance as amends for differences with what he called the Cosmopolitans. "Cosmopolitans think that it 's OK for people to be different. They care about everybody, but not in a way that means that want everyone to be the same or like them" (Appiah 24). Appiah explains the beliefs of the Cosmopolitans. He discusses the Cosmopolitans as similar to a group of peacemakers who strive not to change another 's beliefs but to understand and accepts one for who they are. This is an important concept in friendships and other relationships but specially for my friendship with my best friend Sam. Because we have different thoughts and opinions, we tend to be friends with different types of people. There was a guy Sam used to date that I was not fond of. In short, he was very controlling and clingy towards her which would always irritate me. Because Sam was my best friend, I accepted and tolerated him while they were dating. Like Appiah 's passive belief of acceptance, I did not try (too hard) to change her opinion of her current boyfriend. I continued to be friends with Sam, no matter how difficult it got due to her current relationship. They finally broke up, thankfully, but during the time…show more content…
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