A European Tour with new Impressions and Discoveries
I have during a long life, traveled extensively throughout the world as both professional and private person with life’s many facets that have been both inspiring and instructive particularly in my professional career. Right now and here I have been together with Catharina through most of Europe and it was not uninteresting to follow the many changes which are based primarily on the financial crisis worldwide.
If we as people are interested in seeing the whole gamut from the social bottom to the top layer of a society it will be necessary to move into areas tourists do not normally see, but where life can be a matter of survival regardless of the methods used.
Basically I would estimate that 40% of Europe `s population lives on the edge of depression, out of work and content in life. The Underground movements are popping up everywhere in small or large groups and use the chance to destroy everything and a subsequent battle with police or at worst the military.
Any form of ethics, culture or social awareness seems to be away even for the more affluent group of people who try to assimilate themselves as much as possible like it was a stock to be used when everything else might collapse. A short-sighted and naive way to act in a time where the collective is more necessary than ever to stop any aggression, where man’s primordial instinct seems to take over the mind and body in shadow page’s most brutal behavior.
“In the East the Sun is Rising up” … And east of Europe you will find the Far East, where everything looks more bright in these times, but also here may increased earnings and prosperity have a price to pay, where Western Culture already destroyed some of the health via more causes of diabetes and other prosperity diseases which have previously been extremely rare in these areas.
Europe has a problem – Politicians cannot find common ground in many of the core areas….. Maybe some real talented non-political statesmen with both a short-term and long-term plan would address some of the Gordian knots before protectionism really appears as it was before WWII.
The most important thing we as ordinary people can do right now is to respond, reject any form of violence, to work and affect any kind of extremism that otherwise would spread like the plague across the globe. Have a wonderful time wherever you might be in the world.
Kurt Lykke Lindved
United Nations, Culture and Developing Ph.D