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in a recent public debate at the European Parliament, the following questions were raised:
“Do you think that our youth feels the same way about our governments of today in the European Union, Do you think they confine trust in the authorities, Do you think they see their citizenship as a glorious mission and do you think they see all one nation with an Identity working towards the same goals within the European Union?”
How is it possible our youth feels so strong about a foreign group called ISIS? That they are willing to deploy terrorist activities in their name within the borders of their country of birth? The person you might have lived next door to, suddenly decides to step into a truck and massacres dozens of people within a blink of an eye? Or pick up an axe and slam people to death in a train?
The question you might ask yourself is how did the feeling crumbled and lead to such attrocities? What can we do to make people feel part again of where they belong to?
As nations grow into a global scene, local means less. Local is just a lesser part of an international community and means less than it did before. People long for being part of something but the further away it is, the less appealing.
Unless the signal it sends out is strong and appealing. Promises you don’t often hear any more like the individual counts for something after a certain deed. Unfortunately these deeds now a day seem to be focused on terrorism.
At the same time during this process of globalization we seem to lose our identities. That being said it is nice to understand what your identity is. Some political parties seem to understand that. No globalization they say, back within our own borders, the individual has a voice, our own kin, and economy for ourselves and not for others. Or at least those are the promises. Not only does it seem to work, people in majority feel that way.
Success guaranteed as all these populist parties across Europe are successful. They represent the feeling of the population and grow in numbers. The most extreme example how this feeling can change the course of history of a country is the United Kingdom. The Brexit does ecompass it all.
Does it mean people don’t have doubts? Looking at the events in the UK you could answer this with a yes. In fact we talk about doubts that generate emotions in people over an event that still has to take place. A general word could be” fear”. Fear for the Unknown perhaps.
Another aspect that drives people to search for something new is loss of tradition. With globalization one of the few traditions still standing strong is Christmas. It fits in today’s world view on commercialization and representations of feelings and religion. But it also fits in the living room, the local town village or city. Finally a moment to do good, feel good and be good.
Many traditions are crumbling under the pressure of international opinions. The Dutch “Sinterklaas” festivity on the 5th of December is such an example. This tradition going back hundreds of years across Western Europe in the 16th Century suddenly does not fit the picture of this modern world. The acceptance of certain elements seems to contradict with global norms and values according to some and now it is allowed to actually disappear.
It is an example of how traditions, that used to get people together, now seem to disappear and create an atmosphere of individualization. And if people are left out who actually want to be part of something, how will you make them feel part of it again?
Walter Ivasc for World News