… People who’ve committed themselves to the common good as they see it, often above their own monetary gain and, in some cases, their own well-being. And people who, as reflected in the interviews and articles shared here, can learn much from each other across a wide range of fields and perspectives, but too rarely get the chance.
As it grows organically (of course), and with your input, we hope you’ll find information, cogitation, and inspiration here that you might not have experienced otherwise.
Here’s to human dignity.
Michael Pates / editor / email@example.com
Oh, about the name. cylindr derives its name from the Cyrus Cylinder, an artifact of the Persian Empire. Upon conquering Babylon in 539 BC, Cyrus the Great, per the custom of the time, had his governing philosophy — founded on respect for religious diversity and local autonomy — inscribed on a clay cylinder and buried beneath the walls of Babylon. By most accounts, Cyrus lived up to that philosophy, affording his peoples unprecedented freedom and prosperity. Unearthed in 1879, the Cyrus Cylinder has been described as the world’s first human rights charter and translated into all official U.N. languages.