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Alexander von Humboldt: „The univseral 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 univseral brotherhood of man
Jahr 1850
Ort Edinburgh
in: Hogg’s Instructor 5 (1850), S. 112.
Sprache Englisch
Typografischer Befund Antiqua; Spaltensatz; Auszeichnung: Kursivierung.
Textnummer Druckausgabe: VI.50
Dateiname: 1845-Alex_v_Humboldt-08-neu
Seitenanzahl: 1
Zeichenanzahl: 2049

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While we maintain the unity of the human species, we,at the same time, repel the depressing assumption of supe-rior and inferior races of men. There are nations more sus-ceptible of cultivation, more highly civilised, more ennobledby mental cultivation, than others—but none in themselvesnobler than others. All are in like degree designed forfreedom; a freedom which, in the ruder conditions of so-ciety, belongs only to the individual, but which, in socialstates, enjoying political institutions, appertains as a rightto the whole body of the community. If we would indi-cate an idea, which, throughout the whole course ofhistory, has ever more and more widely extended itsempire, or which, more than any other, testifies to themuch contested and more misunderstood perfectibilityof the whole human race—it is that of establishing ourcommon humanity—of striving to remove the barrierswhich prejudice and limited views of every kind haveerected among men, and to treat all mankind, without re-ference to religion, nation, or colour, as one fraternity, onegreat community, fitted for the attainment of one object—the unrestrained development of the physical powers.This is the ultimate and highest aim of society, identicalwith the direction implanted by nature in the mind of mantowards the indefinite extension of his existence. Heregards the earth in all its limits, and the heavens, as faras his eye can scan their bright and starry depths, as, in-wardly, his own; given to him as objects for contempla-tion, and as a field for the developement of his energies.Even the child longs to pass the hills or the seas whichenclose his narrow home; yet when his eager steps haveborne him beyond those limits, he pines, like the plant,for his native soil; and it is by this touching and beauti-ful attribute of man—this longing for that which is un-known, and his fond remembrance of that which is lost—that he is spared from an exclusive attachment to thepresent.—Humboldt’s Cosmos.