By Guido Snel
This notable quantity explores the trendy melding of cultures, languages, and traditions at the ecu continent and the human effects of the quickly transferring borders within the new period of the eu Union. Twenty individuals, from a British-based Iraqi Jewish sociologist to a Romanian playwright in big apple, relate their interesting lifestyles studies that span nations and continents and the a number of identities that they have got cultivated in the course of their lifestyles trips. regulate Ego is a compelling quantity that probes deeply into the trendy eu event and permits a number of voices to proportion the fun, demanding situations, and frustrations of residing throughout a number of cultures.
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That is still a nice ‘Trade Mark’ for a certain element among European and American Intellectuals, as if the Jews hadn’t been wiped out, the Germans driven off and the Czechs Sovietised, and I can laugh at that, but also marvel: thanks to the decades of communist supervision, we can always discover cultural treasures… It is true that perhaps everywhere in Central Europe you can successfully study cultural anthropology and archaeology. Here, in the 20th century, there has been upheaval, resettling, killing, and the torture of entire groups of inhabitants, for reasons such as class war, nationalism, religion, ethnicity, and so forth.
The land of Plenty and the land of Void. Elysion, Atlantis, India, America. Fabulous China at the end of the Route of Silk. The land of wonders and the land of Barbarians. The East. The West. Something else other than the world we are living in. We need it badly. And we haven’t got it any more. Why? We now have the Islamic World, the Terrorism, the Third World, so many Others… Yes, we have the Third World, but we have lost the Second and the First. All those others you mentioned are purely negative, threatening.
We always support our sense of reality, our sense of existing, by thinking that there is another side, another world, another reality. Somebody else. The mirror and something beyond it. A place for our fears and our hopes. The land of Plenty and the land of Void. Elysion, Atlantis, India, America. Fabulous China at the end of the Route of Silk. The land of wonders and the land of Barbarians. The East. The West. Something else other than the world we are living in. We need it badly. And we haven’t got it any more.