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Alexander von Humboldt: „The Universal Brotherhood of Man“, in: ders., Sämtliche Schriften digital, herausgegeben von Oliver Lubrich und Thomas Nehrlich, Universität Bern 2021. URL: <> [abgerufen am 17.04.2024].

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Titel The Universal Brotherhood of Man
Jahr 1849
Ort Newcastle-upon-Tyne
in: Newcastle Guardian 168 (28. April 1849), S. 6.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kursivierung.
Textnummer Druckausgabe: VI.50
Dateiname: 1845-Alex_v_Humboldt-05-neu
Seitenanzahl: 1
Spaltenanzahl: 1
Zeichenanzahl: 2259

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The Universal Brotherhood of Man.—While wemaintain the unity of the human species, we, at the sametime, repel the distressing assumption of superior andinferior races of men. There are nations more suscep-tible of cultivation, more highly civilized, more ennobledby mental cultivation than others—but none in them-selves nobler than others. All are in like degree designedfor freedom; a freedom which, in the ruder conditionsof society, belongs only to the individual; but which, insocial states, enjoying political institutions, appertainsas a right to the whole body of the community. If wewould indicate an idea which, throughout the wholecourse of history, has ever more and more widely ex-tended its empire—or which, more than any other, tes-tifies to the much contested and more misunderstoodperfectibility of the whole human race—it is that of es-tablishing our common humanity—of striving to removethe barriers which prejudice and limited views of everykind have erected among men, and to treat all mankind,without reference to religion, nation, or colour, as onefraternity, one great community, fitted for the attainmentof one object—the unrestrained development of the phy-sical powers. This is the ultimate and highest aim ofsociety, identical with the direction implanted by naturein the mind of man towards the indefinite extension ofhis existence. He regards the earth in all its limits, andthe heavens, as far as his eye can scan their bright andstarry depths, as inwardly his own; given to him as ob-jects for contemplation, and as a field for the develop-ment of his energies. Even the child longs to pass thehills or the seas which enclose his narrow home; yet whenhis eager steps have borne him beyond those limits, hepines, like the plant, for his native soil; and it is by this |Spaltenumbruch| touching and beautiful attribute of man—this longing forthat which is unknown, and this fond remembrance ofthat which is lost—that he is spared from an exclusiveattachment to the present. Thus deeply rooted in theinnermost nature of man, and even enjoined upon him byhis highest tendencies, the recognition of the bond ofhumanity becomes one of the noblest leading principlesin the history of mankind.—Humboldt’s Cosmos.