EUROPE? IS THERE SUCH A THING?

The awful events that afflicted Paris and obviously all Europe has shown the lack of self-protection the european continent – as it is usually called…- has been capable to create and how poorly it invested in security when comparing with other kind of investments of immediate and profitable return. Most part of european countries count on the US ally to say how to solve the problems and to materialize the needed help.

This situation, that follows the great role US played in Second World War aside with the Allies that were fighting the Eixo, put Europe in the uncomfortable and often uncounscious position of following other countries’ interests without questioning the consequences that might come, but also put it comfortably set in the position of one that knows for sure protection will come if needed from a powerful ally.

This mentality generated the kind of politicians that have ruled Europe for the last decades, all of them more interested in their ideological positions than in the practical problems of each country and the european continente would face sooner or later. Economy and the magic fields that surround it – ‘globalization’, markets’, so on…- became the enchanted words that let them free to approve or contest ‘democracy’, ‘racism’, ‘freedom’, ‘solidarity’ and a lot of political slogans that became no more than that without changing the most grave problems linked to them society is still really facing.

“The Economist” last cover, showing Merkel as ‘the indispensable European’, tells us something about us! Tough one may think of Merkel as more an euro-asian than an ‘european’- the ends of last century´s wars led us to think that Germany and Russia are enemies but the reality is that they have been for centuries traditional allies…- she is the only real  politician that leads now in Europe. Apart from her other european countries are passing through one of the most grey – if not the most….- crises of leaderships of the modern era. It is true Cameron is also a good politician. But the fact is that we can hardly think of Great Britain as an european country! It’s true that the anglo-saxonic culture has a lot of the european culture values and principles  and that the english have contributed a lot to spread and enrich it but the anglo-saxonic culture bears its own specificities and its world is the CommonWealth not Europe.

Though it may seems a very sad perspective to think about, the fact is that everything everywhere – including in its own space – all is being done to put an end to european civilization the way europeans used to proudly see it.

Europe is a very small continent with an historical sense of time and an adventurous spirit. But now that is not enough! Money rules the world at a speed we cannot even imagine and Europe became no more than the place where other continents – rich, emergents or seeing european civilization as something that is blocking progress – only see as a place to invest and to take profits and cultural signs off.

Perhaps in a century no one will be surprised by seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Coliseum of Rome in New York or in some Arabian emirate….

O BOOM EDITORIAL QUE ASSOLOU AS BANCAS DE VENDA DE LIVROS

De todas as artes, a Literatura – e consideremos o conceito num sentido amplo….- talvez seja a que mais beneficiou com os avanços tecnológicos que permitem a sua divulgação e, pela rapidez, lhe conferem a liberdade de  tudo ser passado à escrita sem qualquer espécie de avaliação que vá para além da proporcionada pelos próprios meios utilizados – corretores de erros (que vieram em socorro dos dislexicos e dos que tiveram a dita de atravessarem vários acordos ortográficos), assistentes de fórmulas gramaticais (nem sempre as mais correctas…), acesso a redes sociais de publicidade e marketing, e os vários outros que são do nosso conhecimento. Isto deixando de lado as virtualidade da tradução automática que permitem que um livro que escrevi numa noite de insónias  esteja traduzido nas mais variadas línguas onde os editores – e são à centenas! – têm contactos. A globalização a funcionar no seu melhor…

Se juntarmos a isto a possibilidade de catarse que a escrita propicia a uma sociedade assoberbada de problemas que a ultrapassam e, simultaneamente, o desejo de visibilidade, de se ser ‘conhecido’ pelo vasto mundo que, é-nos lícito supor – embora seja a mais ilusória das pretensões…- nos conferirá um qualquer grau de ‘imortalidade’ por mínimo que seja, é compreensível o ‘boom’ literário que invade todos os espaços propícios. desde as bancas e quiosques de jornais aos supermercados, passando pelas várias FNACs e livrarias de bairro. Salvam-se desta vaga  OS LIVREIROS  que, diga-se, são uma espécie em vias de extinção, requintados espaços onde quem procura um bom livro se satisfaz e regala.

Vem isto a propósito de um volume que me veio parar recentemente às mãos e que, embora o tema parecesse aliciante e promissor no sentido de desvelar a humanização de um mistério recorrentemente abordado -embora com menos prosódia – a uns anos a esta parte, me pos a reflectir mais na sua existência como livro do que no tema abordado.

Trata-se de um livro, assaz volumoso, que versa nem mais nem menos que sobre ‘A vida privada de Jesus’, versão em que, entre crentes e não crentes, é de crer que dificilmente alguém esteja interessado na vida privada de um personagem que viveu há mais de dois mil anos e cujo único interesse é o de ter fundado uma religião cuja espiritualidade era humanizada pelo convite ao amor real, vivído na fraternidade dos homens.

O livro, assaz confuso mesmo para quem esteja habituado perspectivas e retrospectivas para que nos remetem os documentos históricos ‘inéditos’ – atribuídos à descoberta e investigações de dois académicos canadianos que os terão descoberto na Biblioteca Britânica – não se limita a dar conta dos textos e , talvez, proceder ao seu enquadramento histórico, mas é pasto das mais livres considerações, considerações que se perdem num infinito regresso que deixaria Proust a perder de vista.

No meio de toda aquela confusão – que mais parece ter como finalidade encontrar argumentações para comportamentos susceptíveis de serem considerados ‘desviantes’ dentro de uma ortodoxia religiosa e que, se ‘vendidos’ como práticas comuns no tempo e no espaço da vida de Jesus – encontramos Maria, a Mãe de Jesus, confundida com deusas pagãs, o que não é surpreendente porque o mundo já era velho quando Jesus nasceu, com Maria ‘a Madalena’ e tudo remetendo para a aceitação ou não de circunstâncias que nada têm de objectivo para além da vontade dos autores de buscarem na História as conclusões que desejam.

Vendido e apregoado na contra-capa como sendo ’em parte história de detectives, em parte aventura moderna’ promete ao leitor um interesse de que na verdade carece porque é, pela falta de clareza, uma imensa canseira! Mesmo para aqueles que vêm apenas em Jesus o personagem de uma história de cariz culturalista. A capa é, quanto a mim, o melhor do livro. Como, aliás, está começando a acontecer nesta precedência natalícia em que o embrulho é o principal…

A VULNERABILIDADE DA EUROPA

A Europa, a grande Europa dos imperadores, dos matrimónios reais, das lutas dinásticas que faziam, desfaziam e refaziam fronteiras, a Europa de Ótão, Clóvis, Carlos Magno, do Sacro Império, começou o seu declínio como potência civilizacional com o advento da revolução francesa que, justamente, pretendeu dar aos cidadãos o poder de decidirem sobre as suas liberdades colectivas e individuais. Passados quase três séculos só a História tem autoridade para se debruçar sobre o êxito de tão justa pretensão e suas consequências.

É certo que os teóricos da revolução francesa – existe essa ‘virtualidade’ em todas as revoluções…- usaram como campo experimental a então colónia britânica que veio a ser, após o incentivo por parte da França à sua libertação, a grande e admirável federação de estados que é a grande Nação Norte-Americana. Facto que, como é óbvio, terá causado grande mal estar à potência colonizadora…
A ligação, frequentemente conflituosa, que unia intermitentemente ‘a Ilha’ ao continente e era lugar onde se degladiavam as tribos do Norte e os valores continentais, nunca fez da Inglaterra um país europeu. A Inglaterra escolheu sempre caminhos próprios que, não a distanciando da civilização e cultura europeias a que deu considerável contributo, a não desviassem dos seus interesses e do pragmatismo que sempre a caracterizou.
No século passado, o eclodir das duas grandes guerras, e as circunstâncias ideológicas que as caracterizaram, inverteram, especialmente através da forte ligação que veio a persistir entre os EUA e a Inglaterra, os papéis.
Os EUA vieram em auxílio dos Aliados contra as prepotências bélicas do Eixo e com isso, e com a importante e qualificada emigração que acolheram e lhes conferiu um lugar soberano no progresso mundial, os Sates ganharam uma merecida supremacia em relação à envelhecida e materialmente arruinada Europa.
Esta irreversível situação – os Estados Unidos são ‘um mundo’ em relação ao continente europeu por mais que se valorize o seu valor civilizacional – criou, contudo, obrigações e fidelidades que, embora zelem pela segurança do continente europeu, têm arrastado a Europa para conflitos de imprevisiveis consequências.
Tudo isto para dizer que aquilo a que assistimos hoje na Europa, a confluência massiva de multidões de pessoas originárias dos países do Oriente Médio – onde, em nome da vitória dos ideais democráticos, se deu lugar a intermináveis, sangrentas e destruidoras guerras – que fazendo parte dos vencidos, seja religiosa, seja politicamente,se vêm constrangidos a abandonar as suas terras de origem e a procurar asilo nos portos mais acessíveis a partir dos quais inundam a Europa que, surpreendida e sem meios para lhes dar o devido acolhimento, vê aumentadas as suas fragilidades.
É óbvio que todas essas pessoas trazem, humanamente, a revolta no peito e não se esquecem das responsabilidades assumidas pela Europa, só ou conjuntamente e com notável dose de ignorância, na resolução de problemas culturais sociais e políticos que resolviam há milénios e que só a eles diziam respeito. Tal como sabem que por detrás das veiculadas intenções estão grandes ganâncias económicas.
Com a grande América longe e dado que a Grã-Bretanha é uma ilha bem protegida, o continente europeu foi e é o lugar possível.
Com as consequências que estão à vista, e as que se avizinham se algo não vier dar outro rumo à situação, a Europa será mais uma civilização perdida.

IN A WAY WE ARE ALL PARISIENS!

It’s really sad to see the events of this Friday night in Paris! However we cannot say we have been surprised by the events. France is in the middle of the european continente and we all are aware of ever growing problems France have consented to be affected due to an unlimited tolerance towards those who having been born in other countries with different cultures and religious dogmas choose France to live and to live there on their own ways.

Being a democratic and cosmopolite country, ruled by te principles and values of the French Revolution, France try to treat them as equals and brothers living freely as if living in the specific cultures of their own countries. The intention is a good one but as time goes on each time is being left less space for the French themselves.

Though what happen, or is happening, does not mean that those who are to blame are immigrants from different cultures – there are already in Europe lots of european young people fed up with what Europe is turning to be –  but it is almost impossible not associate the facts with the crowds os fugitives from the wars in the Middle Orient that are crossing countries that had no conditions to put up with this sudden invasion that seems no to come to an end.

Most of that people are families whose members fought in Iraque in Saddam Hussein’s army and are now seen as enemies by those who are now occupying the power. It seems to have been a disastrous and inconsequent war for ‘democracy’ to peoples whose cultures will NEVER understand what that means in the patrons of social organization of power they have been used to live for many centuries before Greeks have invented the word.

It seems reasonable that would be the States and Great Britain to receive them as the ideia of implementing democracy in those countries came from them. But Great Britain is already crowded with people of the Common wealth and United States are too far to reach by small boats and walking. Their only choice seems to be Europe.

No one know what will follow! Europe is no more a place where something ‘might’ happen but a continente in panic going through one of the worst circumstances of recent times. It is no more something we were afraid of but something we fear that is already too near to ignore.

Europe, father and mother of a lot of countries she explored, civilized, de-characterised and, some how humiliated, is now paying the bill. Those who were to blame are not among us anymore. We are paying not only our grand-parents faults but also the stupid idea that we are a superior kind of people bearing a so strong culture that has inside all the conditions to die at the hands of those who learned from her.

HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE WHO HAD EXPERIENCED MISTRUST AND FEAR?

What can you do if you feel in the deep of your heart that someone you care for is lost in a complex world of experiences he seems not being able to control or even face, though he is incapable of getting out of it because there stay not only links from the past but also some little one he cares for and wants to guide in future life?

It becomes an even more sad problem when you feel his anguish and the need he has to talk freely and be listen just like he has listen so many others. But it may happen that beside his proudly way there is an event from the past that acts like a firewall in his confidence in you. Something that happened like a frivolous though unhappy joke but gained unexpected proportions that are so hard to destroy that you do not know how to deal with them.

Our world is know full of marvelous experiences that allow us to be who and how you want to be known and experience the power of living not only your pubic life but to free your imagination without taking any risks. Unfortunately this is not the case! Your secret lives may become much more known that your public life and give you much unexpected troubles.

Worst if you are imprudent enough to buit one of this lives with someone that, loving you, knows  you almost more than you know yourself. At first she cannot agree it to be possible that it is you though she knows your words, phrases and thoughts and cannot atribute them to no one but you. She does not dare to believe  that besides what she loves and knows from you you might be that strange and unknown person that send unexpected and dreadful words and  images. When you discover – and you fell you need to do it or you will start trusting no one… – you fell not only sad but incapable to know how to deal with the situation. Something is broken that could only be recovered if talked about for no more than just a minute, because though there is nothing to be said about that virtual delusion you must talk something to preserve the link of your friendship.

Sometimes that seems to be impossible! Whatever you try time goes on and the person seems to need more  to preserve that secret, sometimes of hate and incomprehension, than to find the way to share it with the other that is living the same feeling. It seems it has become part of their life and you only know that that it is in you just like it is in the other.

Love is not enough when you are dealing with inhuman facts1 You love that person, just as he seems to love you, but you love him with human and sacred love and you know for sure what to do. But what can you do with someone who did never existed but in a virtual and almost evil relationship?

The problem is not the human creature you may meet, feel and worship but ‘the other’ that remains there and it seems that whatever you do she refuses to leave us apart.

In a way, that creature stays so deeply close to the true human one that it starts to direct his life in the most different ways. You are you no more because you do not want but because that new life surprises yourself and you become to need that constant surprise like an addition.

This is something so painful that you can hardly stop thinking about it, though you know you cannot do whatever it is because you are not allowed in that new world that though he may feel unhappy in it he is  starting to forget the way back. And, even if you may not have that perception, there is a lot of people trying to regain you without demanding anything from you but friendship and truth.

There is always a way back! And there, in that past plenty of joy, pain, love and memories there is a lot of people awaiting you. They may not be perfect. they may even have all those things you dislike in people. But in them you find the meaning things were made for the person you are.

Let tenderness, not money, be the climate of your world! The world is plenty of things to alienate you from the beauty of life! Be GOOD in you heart! Being good is not just doing good things but feeling well because you know your side is the one God wants  for you to live in peace, truth and nothing to be ashamed of. Because though we may not care on what other people thinks we know what we thought when having knowledge of what they did, what they suffer for doing so. Often you are the sweet company that put them in their previous way. Be that helping soul for yourself and, if possible, believe in love and friendship for good.

Have confidence! Let people be with you not only here but forever!

BEING FREE IN A WORLD OF SLAVERY

Freedom is a difficult subject to deal with! We are all born to be free but we take a lot of time to get free and learn how to be independent in the more essential things even before we start our education as civilized human beings.

It is a fact that, as Sartre put it, we are condemned to be free. Even if we reject to be free we are making a choice. No way to avoid it! But it is also true that having the consciousness of our freedom is a gift that most men never attained.

For most people freedom is no more than a residual space society, including family, left at our disposal. This has been repeated for so long, generation after generation, that it must happen some collective event to support our claim to ask for a freedom that has always been at our disposal since we respect not only other people freedom but also the environment whose peace allows us to have a safe communitarian life.

However public education – in what we may include private schools  – has been through for centuries exerted  in a way  inspired in the rigor and discipline of an army, the place where the institution prevails over the individual person, that is supposed to be there just to reproduce the kind of person society wants to maintain adding to this model the available knowledge.

The fact is that no one is free if he is not allowed to think.

A person who is not educated to be free – and this means educating freedom where society forgets it – wii never manage to be free even if having the greatest desire to attain freedom. The best he usually does is to change a prison for another, sometimes a worst one.

Usually those persons go from slavery to slavery having the impression and acting as if they are the ones who command. Because it is through this illusion that those they depend of get them in the prisons they want to.