“Strangers at Our Door” is one of the last works by Zygmunt Bauman, one of the most eminent intellectuals of our time. It is normal to think of this philosopher for those who have social-democratic ideas, ideas aimed at an open world view. The book has just under 100 pages and can be read quickly and easily. Bauman is a master of simplicity and exposes us concepts of complex matrix always with extreme lucidity and ease of understanding. This is a book that I recommend to everyone, as a suggestion to read Bauman to everyone, even to those who have different ideas from the leftist aspect that our philosopher shows us. The essay in question describes very interesting passages that also bring together sublime philosophical accents passing from Kant to Michail Bachtin, and then propose the thought of Pope Francis or Michel Agier.
It is a clear reasoning on the condition of contemporary man, of each of us concretely, through a framework given by a set of focal points where in a precarious world we feed our fears and in the omnipotence of control and defense of what we have we make others fall back on our responsibilities by finding enemies, finding in migrants the scoundrel for which it is right to raise walls, thus finding an excuse to eliminate a problem that depends more on us.
Concepts such as “individualisation”, “service society”, “disciplinary society” are expressed, also using concrete examples of current policy. There is a lucid melancholy in the essay when we can see the concrete relationship with the reality that we have around us and we ask ourselves the question if these lines affect us directly, well, we are the answer! Each of us risks the danger of making even the daily vision of pain become routine, as something that does not belong to us and slips away like a film seen and reviewed. Bauman is exceptional because it travels on the crest of the dune of sociology with the anthropological experience to reach the goal of each of its paths, the importance of communication. Migrations are seen from a very interesting point of view in which “the underlying causes” are only hinted at by our author and from here we must commit ourselves to return to them for further study, but the path that speaks to us about ethics, morals, rights is fruitful. Bauman gives us with Kant a crossroads and through this we will have to manifest the history of the future of modern society, it is a matter of communication and cooperation between the parties or not, we will choose continuation or extinction.