Tuesday Quought: Evropa (in dieser grossen Zeit)
“The press exaggerates the state of the world after having created it.”
Karl Kraus (free translation of), In dieser grossen Zeit (Auswahl 1914-1925), Langen-Müller, 1977, p. 18. (original below)
A hundred years on and here we are again: living in depressingly decisive times. We have to do this. They have to do that. Public opinion goes that way and then it slings back to hit us right in the back of our heads. Everybody disagrees except on what is crucial: that the objects of their disagreements are crucial. Europe will split because it can’t unite and if it splits the very idea of uniting is exposed as the hogwash that some people need it to be in order for them to be as prophetic as they have others proffer they are.
Each decisive time has its surface where the generals of public opinion will make our decisions. Each surface conceals the nature of the terrain that in the end will determine the outcome. God has been sacrificed in one of the former battles – there being nothing concrete to stand on, nor in heaven nor in hell; the goal of those dividing us is to terminate once for all the concept of unity. For man should not be able to migrate but the flow of money should be as fluid as the diarrhea it really is. For the perfection of man is the goal of man and it requires a competition measured by the amount of money amassed by individuals and groups we can identify with. To perfect one’s self and one’s group identity requires borders of a perfect kind. Borders that will be impenetrable for the poor but be non-existent for riches. Borders, in short, that will be so perfect that we will want more and more of them, if possible identical with the physical borders of our humble abode.
The red herring in all this is that those who say they speak for the poor speak with the rich, against unity. They condemn. They accuse. After all, if you want to be orthodox on the left you have no option but to be provincially small scale. Only borders can protect experiments that want to prove the hypothesis that experiments need borders to succeed. And how are journalists to report on the needs of the world if there is nobody in the world watching the world’s television channel? Glory after all is still national, by convention.
The fight in these depressingly decisive times is about currencies and economic policies and about not accepting what we see whilst accepting most of what happens we do not see. The press is financed by those who don’t want us to dig deeper. They finance politics as well. And philanthropy.
But the real fight is between human unity and borders. If there are no borders we can tax money wherever it is. Man then can travel freely knowing his money and that of others is caught anyway. The difference principle can be made to apply – because there are no nations left that have different views as to the difference to be allowed, that therefore are bound to compete to allow the maximum difference on pains of seeing the money flow away.
Human unity is just an ‘un’ away of something we have not achieved but which we cannot but believe we could achieve. It is a negation to be applied to that part of our identity that’s based on us feeling different from others.
Europe may or may not collapse. Evropa cannot but come about.
“Die Presse übertreibt den Zustand der Welt, nachdem sie ihn erschaffen hat.”
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