Three horizons for Europe

The future cannot be built with pessimism and skepticism

” “” “” “” “It’s not necessary to consult newscast footage or examine the archives of European dailies of the past year, or eavesdrop on citizens’ conversations on the streets to perceive a growing feeling of pessimism and disappointment in Eurozone countries, due to a want of solutions to the economic and financial crisis, which is especially a social crisis, which large brackets of the European population suffer from.” “Such perception is corroborated by the tragic consequences of twelfare cuts, not adequately accompanied by support to economic growth and in some Countries worsened by surging unemployment rates, whose proportions sometimes reach the limits of social instability, with serious consequences especially on the youths. ” “To this should be added the fact that authoritative bodies of EU member states, such as the judiciary and the religious bodies, question the economic strategies adopted by Member States, such as in the case of Portugal and Greece, and notably, the measures adopted to address the economic crisis of Cyprus. ” “Far from carrying out technical or political analyses, the above-mentioned situation highlights the dangerous emergence of growing "euroscepticism", the persistence of meta-economic flaws that were previously overlooked, signaling a deficit whose causes are not to be found in the final outcomes nor in the "criteria" guiding economic solvency dictated by the market. Indeed, the core of the matter lies in the spiritual values. Indeed, the ongoing situation is the result of the weakening of -in certain cases also of an ideological attack on – pre-political foundations, which include its ethical and moral rules enshrined within natural law, that underlie coexistence and organization in free and democratic societies. ” “Moreover, it is undeniable that Europe has overlooked, and perhaps intentionally estranged, the cultural and religious roots of our continent, its shared identity and its most important potential of civilization, of which Christianity and its inscribed transcendent dimension of the human person represent an essential part. ” “The recovery of these spiritual values has always constituted a most important and effective resource needed to overcome personal and collective crises. People and human societies are moved not only by the inalienable quest for adequate means of survival, but also by the equally necessary reasons to live for. Such claims have been reiterated by the then Cardinal Bergoglio (today Pope Francis) in an interview-book by Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti, titled "The Jesuit". In the volume the Holy Father suggested three keys to preserve the identity of a person and of a nation, that we should apply to the common homeland of Europe, to the European Union, and that cannot be limited to a union of the "Common market". ” “At the time, Pope Francis underlined that "three key-horizons reaffirm the identity of a homeland and of an individual. These are: the horizon of the transcendent nature of God, which makes transcendence towards others possible. Those who describe themselves as non-believers can still fulfill transcendence through others, thereby preventing isolation. Moreover, without my fellow-other, I have no transcendence. Second, the horizon of diversity, which enriches a people: an organized and harmonized form of diversity. Finally, the horizon of projection, that guides us, after having acknowledged all that has been bestowed upon us. These three horizons are meant to defend the human person and the homeland, whose understanding in the negative form convey a ‘No’ to atheism, i.e., ‘No’ to the lack of transcendence; "No’ to the supremacy of the powerful supporting a single or hegemonic thought that denies diversity and ‘No’ to anti-historical progressivism: in this way the encounter becomes possible".” “It is advisable to reverberate the proposal of the three horizons, namely, to acknowledge the transcendent and spiritual dimension of the human person, to accept diversity and extend a vision of hope for a better future, that they may constitute a lever grounded on solid spiritual values in order to prompt the most appropriate technical and political solutions to recover from the ongoing crisis, thus laying the grounds for encounter within the precious common project of a united Europe. ” “” “

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