Friday, November 17, 2006

A Soul for Europe

This is the precise name of an imminent EU conference to ‘help activate Europe’s cultural powers’, to be attended by the President of the Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and other EU luminaries. A Soul for Europe will begin on 17th November and last for three days, and its objective is to harness Europe’s cultural powers, ‘not only in the arts sector but in all areas of life and politics, and to use them as a driving force to further European integration’.

His Grace has consistently asserted that the EU is about ‘something more’ than mere economics, and deeper than politics. He is bemused that when such blatant spiritual objectives are stated, people persist in dismissing him as a ‘conspiracy theorist’ - not only Jesuit-educated anti-EU campaigners like Dr Richard North, but even the occasional unintelligent communicant on this august blog.

The stated belief is that culture can ‘promote the process of European unification’, because ‘all areas of European policy - regional development, economic, security, social and foreign policy - can become more effective if given a cultural dimension’. Fascinating. And what is this culture? Pro-European, anti-State, anti-individualist, socialist, federalist, ‘third way’ Catholic-ecumenism. Just about everything that is antithetical to the instincts and culture of the United Kingdom.

Human sympathy normally spreads outwards from individuals to families, then to extended families and friends, and onwards to form communities, regions and countries, as people discover common ties of kinship, language and culture. God made the nations with diverse qualities, and these variations of national characteristics and cultures display a wonder of creation. If the story of the Tower of Babel established anything, it was that segregation occurs along these lines, and that attempts to re-build a unified tower are doomed to failure. There was never meant to be a bland uniformity, and totalitarian governments which have attempted to impose such conformity have presided over nationalistic discontent and precipitated civil wars. Free states extend the hand of peace and friendship to their neighbours in an appreciation of other cultures and nations. The love of one’s own country permits an understanding of the love others have for theirs. No amount of patriotic feeling, nationalistic zeal or blindness to national diversity can lead to war: war is the manifestation of the lust for power and domination, especially the power of dictators motivated by trans-national ideologies based on race, class, religious ideals or utopianism - such as Nazism, Communism or totalitarianism. These have been the great scourge of Europe, and one of the principal barriers to their advance has been the patriotic resistance of nations determined to defend their own cultures, their rights, their liberties and heritage.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Voyager said...

I think three days should suffice to work through many of the great menus of Europe, some of its finer wines, and no doubt to have some of its racier women delivered by some of its more innovative agencies for all night meetings in some of Europes most gilded hotel chambres de lit.

I myself could imagine helping Europe find its soul in such an atmosphere of ascetic devotion to the needs of "Europe" and continually berate myself for not entering politics to enjoy the best the taxpayer has to offer..................I understand the EuroParl has decamped to Barbados to discuss World Poverty

17 November 2006 at 08:26  
Anonymous Ulster Man said...

I must confess, His Grace's thesis is beginning to peruade me that things are even worse than I thought. I knew about the Rome dimension years ago, it's part and parcel of the culture here, inseparable, but His Grace has got me even more worried than I was before.

It reminds me of the sinister objectives of Hitler's Dept of Kulture - unification and brainwashing.

17 November 2006 at 09:18  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Dept of Kulture

He had one ?

17 November 2006 at 10:44  
Anonymous bob said...

I have to admit to being somewhat bemused by the irony of this situation. For centuries England, and later Britain, was a relentless empire builder. It seems ironic that Britain should now experience something of the turmoil it inflicted on numerous cultures and nations for almost a millennium.

17 November 2006 at 12:13  
Anonymous Colin said...

This time, I couldn't agree more with His Grace's main thesis that the EU is about more than economics, that it also includes a cultural dimension.

To better understand the culture which migrants from rural Turkey will bring to the UK after Turkey's accession, some readers might be interested in watching a report on German TV about forced marriages. Here is the link. I am sorry that it is in the ugly German language rightfully despised by His Grace. You might want to turn off the sound. The pictures already tell a lot.

Furthermore, His Grace is absolutely correct with his statement that "war is the manifestation of the lust for power and domination, especially the power of dictators motivated by trans-national ideologies based on race, class, religious ideals or utopianism - such as Nazism, Communism or totalitarianism. These have been the great scourge of Europe, and one of the principal barriers to their advance has been the patriotic resistance of nations determined to defend their own cultures, their rights, their liberties and heritage."

Please don't misunderstand me. The following question is not meant as criticism. It is just out of curiosity that I would like to ask His Grace how he explains the appearance of the British Empire, one of the largest empires the world has ever seen?

17 November 2006 at 17:32  
Anonymous Voyager said...

It seems ironic that Britain should now experience something of the turmoil it inflicted on numerous cultures and nations for almost a millennium.

Well no doubt the turmoil might show up as violence and destruction so that shouldn't cause anyone any great concern - the English Civil War unleashed more destructive power and death than the population of england has experienced since the 17th Century.................the real violence upon which this nation is based has been forgotten by its milquetoast population

17 November 2006 at 17:46  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Colin, arranged marriages are very common here - Hindus and Mulsims do it - in Bradford 60% of all Muslim marriages are arranged with cousins from Pakistan.............the congenital deformities are a speciality of Bradford Royal Infirmary..............

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/392619.stm

17 November 2006 at 17:49  
Anonymous Colin said...

Voyager wrote,

arranged marriages are very common here - Hindus and Mulsims do it - in Bradford 60% of all Muslim marriages are arranged with cousins from Pakistan.

I know. The same is true for many Turkish young men in Germany. Many of them don't want to marry Turkish girls raised in Europe because they are already spoiled in their view. Therefore, many Turkish men marry young girls from the village of the family in Turkey. These girls are more obedient and willing to have many kids which guarantees a nice income from social benefits for the uneducated young men. It's the same in the UK with "Asian youths". However, Pakistan did not apply for EU membership. The latter guarantees that millions of villagers from Anatolya have the right to settle in other EU countries including the UK and to live comfortably from social benefits if they continue to produce a sufficient number of children. I provided the link so that you can see the advantages of the EU and the rural Turkish culture.

17 November 2006 at 18:18  
Anonymous bob said...

I was thinking more of the turmoil of cultures and nations being controlled by, as they saw it, a foreign power. I think that caused quite enough turmoil in itself without having to reference violence and destruction.

17 November 2006 at 23:34  
Anonymous Voyager said...

I provided the link so that you can see the advantages of the EU and the rural Turkish culture.

Certainly fun in Kreuzberg the other day with that arab gang bursting in to stab a Turkish boy in class..............these comprehensive schoolslet anyone in nowadays !

18 November 2006 at 07:10  
Anonymous Colin said...

Certainly fun in Kreuzberg the other day

And the police seem to enjoy it. Today, the news on the radio reported that the situation is not quite as dangerous as in France but the police can only enter certain parts of Berlin by going in with several cars. Conclusion?

18 November 2006 at 12:21  
Anonymous Voyager said...

can only enter certain parts of Berlin by going in with several cars. Conclusion?

They are filming Tatort but haven't called in Freddie from Cologne to help Ballauf solve things..................or it might simply be that the Arabs (Palestinians) expect the Germans to withdraw back to their 1948 Borders

18 November 2006 at 13:08  
Anonymous Colin said...

"or it might simply be that the Arabs (Palestinians) expect the Germans to withdraw back to their 1948 Borders "

???

18 November 2006 at 13:31  
Anonymous Voyager said...

Oh Colin...............Berlin is full of Palestinians...........Israel is always told about its 1948 borders..............Berlin in 1948 was under Soviet blockade......


I expected a bit of flexibility in your thinking

19 November 2006 at 10:48  
Anonymous Colin said...

Voyager said:

Berlin is full of Palestinians...........Israel is always told about its 1948 borders..............Berlin in 1948 was under Soviet blockade......

Nice analogy. Keep up the good work.

19 November 2006 at 19:16  

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