Our responsibility for others is the foundation of all human communities. This afirmation could implay a real oasis for building humanity in today’s chaotic world. The very possibility of living in a meaningful human world is based on our ability to give what we can to others. And since welcoming and sharing are the foundation upon which all communities are formed, no amount of inhospitable nationalism can be consistently defended when confronted with the suffering of other human beings. In the relationship between same and other, my welcoming of the other is, the ultimate fact. It is the hospitality of humanity, or a peace prior to all hostility. And in this primary peace, in this basic welcoming of refugees, things figure not as what one builds but as what one gives.


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