A few centuries ago Europe transitioned from the ‘dark ages’, the middle ages, into the ‘enlightment’. It was the time that religion took another course. The almighty powers of the curch, of Rome, was slowly but gradually pushed back in favour of science and knowledge. A few decades after the end of that period Europa was at war, triggerred by the revoluion of the commoners: the French Revolution.
Between 1780 and 1945 Europe was the home of many a battleground. The Enlightment brought not only science and the benefits of that but also instability in government. Europe began to know more but became less human in the past although many historians will defend the contrary. My measure is the number of victims of war and conflict and unfortunately it cannot be disputed that the aftermath of the Enlightment resulted in Napoleon’s endeavors to ‘conquer’ the world and after him the Prussians and Russians, the British and many others all knew a long time of conflicts. They raped the Balkan by intervention and it all came to two big orgasms of violence: the great war and the Second World War. Many millions lost their lives in an enlightened world.
And then it was finally all clear to everyone: we couldn’t go on like that.
After WW2 a tensed peace was ours and after that a less tensed peace. In the 1980’s the world changed. The Soviet block dissiminated and there was a lot op hope. Western Europa became a healthy, wealthy and safe place. But not in Eastern Europe. The aftermath of the fall of the Sovjets raged war in the Balkan. Western Europe was ineffective in it’s foreign policy. Then there was 9/11. We all know wat happened afterwards.
Europe now is on the retreat. Economically it is allmost dead and it has no single international policy. Europe is vague. Just like its governments. And vague brings fear. So Europeans have become less free and more scared. Scared for their assets being taken away due to the international monetary crisis. Scared for foreigners from outside Europe because they might take away what’s left of their wealth. Scared for Europenas from the south of Europe who’s economies are crippled the most. Poverty grows and is or seems to be contageous. Europe above all is scared to raise its voice. Against the crimes of their neighbors (Syria) and against groups within the European society that are not accepted in some parts of the less modern half of Europe.
So Europe becomes crazy about a soccer shampionship and the Olympic Games because as Nero said: “The plebs need bread and games”. And Europe does not take a stand when at those games anti semitism, neo fascism and homophobic behavior is openly practiced in all its disgusting apperances. The attitude of many eastern Europeans in regard to minorities, black, jews, gays and trans people is downright hostile and against everything that the Enlightment in Europe once brought. It is those outings of hatred that are the biggest threat to Europe, to peace and to prosperity. The amount of hatred brought over Europe by eastern Europeans and their governments (including Russia) is of an astounishing magnitude. And it is spreading. The western European apathy of the people who prefer to concentrate on their beer and their national soccer team in stead of protesting against what’s happening just a few hundred kilometers away is the enabler for a wave of hate that’s spreading fast.
Western European governments (Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, United Kingdom) are or have been held hostage by xenophobic political parties exploiting the fears and the greed that’s all around. The Dutch prime ministers political party defends the cuts on development aid to the benefit of the car drivers in the country as if it was the most normal thing to do. after all we rather have more asphat to drive on than spending our cash on keeping starving people from starvinf. Morality is gone and protests are week. The left – traditionally the ones focussing on solidarity – is too much involved with their own inability to get support from the citizens. No one throws stones to people cutting down on the support of others in societies that have so much less. No one is really raged by statements of church leaders in western Europe about homosexuality and child abuse or of their eastern colleagues about stoning homosexuals at the Pride (Bulgaria). Europeans rather stays silent and focussed on their own wallets. Not understanding that they enterde the New Dark Ages, not seeing that live in the equivalent of the ‘Darkening’. Not grasping the reality of their societies moral backruptcy.
Europe, it was a nice dream. But we al better wake up quickly now.
© 2012 Alice Anna Verheij