Europe and What I Personally Think It’s Good For
The question of Europe’s place in the world is a very difficult one. Both when it comes to the past as well as the current time frame. The issue of Europe’s role in the future is, at the same time, completely obscured by too many possibilities and alternatives.
But for me personally, as an IT expert working on computers; living in the US and with family ties in Europe. The same continent is an interesting place that has plenty to offer. But also which needs to change a lot faster; if it plans to keep its position. As one of the most advanced and prosperous regions in the world. However, the second part will not be easy and over the past few years; it appears that it became a lot more daunting.
During my education, I frequently traveled to the Old Continent as it is also known. I mainly went to France, from where my mother’s side of the family came to the US, before the outbreak of the WW2. But, from France, I traveled all over the continent for my own entertainment. Mostly by coach and rail. So I got to see so much of the same countries. My main mission was to enjoy the arts of these nations. Although, I also saw how they do business and do many more things.
Now, almost a decade has passed since those fantastic summer trips across the continent. I still feel that I understand what Europe is good for. As a reference, I’m using my own experience. But also my substantial knowledge of its regions. As well as the people who live in them.
Europe is all about its culture
More than three thousand years of contagious civilizations that had their rise and fall in this place. The continent is covered by remnants of ages; that have long ago became part of history. As well as modern writers resources. Starting with the Stonehenge and going over to the Ancient Greece and Imperial Rome. The same continent is truly a place where modern civilization got its first starts, along with the rest of the broader Mediterranean region.
For this, the rest of the world can still look up to the same continent and its people. Having there a huge depository of the history of the entire mankind. Here, arts like architecture, painting, literature, and music really go so far back into the past that they reach practically all the way to the Stone Age. This is an important contribution of the continent to both the present time as well as the future that is to come. The reason is because I have no doubt that in 100 years. People will still marvel at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
There is also another side of Europe that I also got to know during my journeys
This side is full of violence and the idea that past wars and bloodshed is never completely forgotten. Unfortunately, this trend is very European. It appears in every nation in some shape or form. From the turbulent Balkan region to the very edge of the northern lands of Norway and Sweden; everyone has their own small or big animosities towards other nations. For most parts, this is very low-key. Most people are aware of the stereotypes they hold for their neighbors.
Often, we use to joke about it on my travels and did it in good humor. These same trends are no secret and many writers resources, especially when it comes to light-hearted comedy, using these stereotypes regularly. However, below these lies a real readiness to remember all of these problems in times of crisis. The same attitude what the thing that fueled the horrible conflicts like WW1, WW2, the Balkan wars and even the current instability in Ukraine. Sadly, this mentality is always close to the surface and no matter how much history and previous horrible events paint these as wrong, they still linger on.
My education about Europe
This showed that when things get bad, these mutual negative feelings can have very dire consequences. In the past, no matter how regions in Europe might have been connected through mutual business, music, arts, and any other bond, they were still more than prepared to come into open conflict with their closest national neighbors.
Today, like always before, a huge potential for problems can be found in this mentality and the job of Europeans and the entire world is to make sure that this does not happen. Without it, everyone can enjoy all those fantastic things that this great continent has to offer.