African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 389


Common humanity not common community: The solution to global crisis

Kingsley Okoro N. and Osunwoke Clement I.
Department of Philosophy and Religion, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 25 February 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2013


Is a peaceful world an impossible dream? This is one of the most mind wafting questions of the contemporary eraThe contemporary period is dotted with both minor and major conflicts and wars. Therefore, scholars are afraid that with the trend and ferocity of the phenomenon, humanity stands the risk of going into obliteration. To check this insidious phenomenon, men developed several socio-political and religious ideologies. One of the major attempts towards this direction is the forming of several alliances and unions that will bring individuals together into community. The most important phase of this unionization of mankind is globalization-global village- ideology. This aims at bringing the whole human race into one organic family, with market as the controlling force. Notably, the globalization also known as ‘Common Community’ in this work did not produce the required miracle as wars and conflicts have become a common place. Against the backdrop of the failure of common community ideology, we therefore propose a new ideology that can yield the peace dividend to the world. This ideology is “Common Humanity”. This emphasizes the essence of human nature as a common factor that unites humanity to common fate. It is anchored on care, respect, reciprocity and human values. It accentuates unity in diversity rather than uniformity. This paper, having taken historical as well as documentary survey of the contemporary society, underscores that if shareholders in the world of politics will adopt this common humanity paradigm, humanity, will in short time, experience a peaceful world of her dream.


Key words: Common humanity, common community, solution, global crisis.