Open to the world
[ to] keep us from the temptation to be separate, to isolate ourselves and be withdrawn.
The sheer breadth of these examples mean the lectures are necessarily sketches, checklists, gestures in the direction of ideas discussed at greater length and more concretely in his earlier works. But the brevity only adds to the sense of urgency.
At the end of a long and distinguished career, Kapuscinski takes a hard look at the great global migrations of late modernity. And he acknowledges the waning importance of a Western world that managed to escape from its own ignorance into a flawed enlightenment.
He concludes with a subdued optimism. The explosion in communications technology is a boon and a Babel din: it cannot replace the necessary difficulty and reward of physical encounter with the other. And yet, our survival as a species in the coming century will be