Friday, 21 September 2012

Life after prosperity [Viaţă după prosperitate]

For decades, generation after generation of people in the ‘freeWestern world have been brainwashed to believe that, as long as they work hard, they can succed in life, and… have it all.

We’re entering the fifth year of Global Economic Crisis and the twelveth year of War on Terror (after two knock-out Septembers, in 2001 and 2008), yet there’s no sign that the world would ever be prosperous again.

After having spent so many years in schools and universities, young people in Ireland, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece or Romania find themselves to be part of a ‘lost generation’.

Not that the future looks much brighter for American, British, German or French youngsters. No matter how many newer and newer smartphones and other gadgets appear, the future looks dumber and dumber for everyone.

Our world – closely connected and flooded with often useless information – is nothing but a madhouse.

A giant suverillance society, where people are force-fed the dreams they should dream and the aspirations they should have. Apparently free, all of us are allowed to believe in whatever we want, and do what ever we want.

Anything is negotiable, everything is relative. There is no God, nor any supreme good. There are alternatives to everything one man considers to be an ultimate truth.

Everything but two dogmas are to be challenged. The moral superiority of democracy and capitalism shouldn’t be put into question. Dare to doubt these, and you’ll considered an extremist and gradually outcast, disenfranchised, liquidated!

Free (?!) education systems are still preparing people for a free (?!) world, where democratic values were supposed to guarantee the right to a prosperous life for everyone.

But that world is not more. So what are young people to believe? They have been learning about a world of peace, universal human values, and endless economic opportunities. No word about the afterlife, about what truly matters beyond all these fictions.

Everything they learned about was how to become the perfect cannon fodder for ideological and economic wars, to find the meaning of life in consumerism, lured by the fata morgana of prosperity.

Today, the chances of peace are deteriorating rapidly, and human rights are often abused within the temples of democracy that preach them…

As for the idols of prosperous economy, there have all “fell on their faces, shattered and broke into pieces.” The world is not a comfortable place to live in anymore.

There’s no fun, no delight, no pleasure, and no confidence in a marvelous future with major wars (Israel-Iran, Turkey-Cyprus, China-Japan), as well as famine, ecological and economic disasters looming ahead of us.

There must be life after prosperity, but how would that life be?! People (especially youngsters) are not ready to cope with this (not simply unfamiliar but outrightly) hostile new world.

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Gregor said...

A really good, but depressing post Bogdan. Unemployment has certainly hit British youth hard.

I suspect that we will need a transformation of politics. I think terms like 'left' and 'right' are pretty pointless and help the powers that be get their way by creating a false tension. Still, it seems to have worked for them. People throughout Europe and the Americas are furious at some 'left' or 'right' that has caused our problems even though parties on both sides of the divide have probably profited from the chaos.

Still, we have to trust in Christ that things will get better.

Hope things are well with you.

MunteanUK said...

Well, these troubled times are depressing, not my approach of this topic :-(

It's long since these 'left' and 'right' tags have lost their relevance, especially in this part of the Old Continent.

Actually, after 1989, we didn't quite have leftist or rightist policies in Romania. Each political gang tried its best to come to power and then to cling on to it, regardless of ideological scruples.


If things are hard to bear for the British youth, imagine how things are for the Spanish, the Greek, the Portuguese, the Italian, the Irish and many others?

I'm sorry to disappoint you with another gloomy remark, but I'm sure that things won't get better :-(

Individually, for some of us things can improve (by the Lord's grace) but generally, things seem to be going from bad to worse...