Responsibility towards the Future Generations
To analyze with maximum responsibleness the problem of the youth, to succeed the correct definition of their role and statute in contemporary world means more than a simple political obligation
We can not imagine any innovator gesture, reforms or evolutions within society without understanding that the youth can not be defined any longer only as “our shift of tomorrow”. In totalitarian systems this unfit formula was the starting point of imposing not only false hierarchies in a fundamentally gerontocratic regime, but also a general formalism.
To talk about youth only to the future tense means to exclude them from the present. They represent an important part of today active generation, able to speak for themselves and to influence the evolution of the society. They represent a social power able to support viable projects and to put them into work.. Today also belongs to the youth..
We discuss and act more intense for building our common European future. Any responsible politician, and so much the more those who have the chance to cumulate their youth with their own political experience, prefigure the community future as a process in which the role of the youth is substantial. Their actual participation is an undeniable right, but also a guarantee that this future will be representative for the generations to come.
This observation particularly hints at the youth, those who will complete the Europe of tomorrow. It is not only necessary to act more, but to act better. Better from the point of view of the training centers distribution in this European space, space being about to expand. More from the point of view of knowledge and understanding of this European space, which diversity is not matched than by the interdependence of its components.
The new generation, who builds today the Europe of tomorrow, needs to assume the own definition and vision on the European identity. The founding generation has left the dream of an unite Europe and the generous vision of the European Union. They taught us that geography or history offered only the external frame of the European Union. The inner structure is given by her founding values, the values of the democracy and of the respect towards human person. These will always stay in the very center of the concept Europe. Not in a restrictive way, as an exclusive attribute of European civilization, but in a rather normative way. Because one could not talk about an European identity there where these values are endangered or absent. The generation mature today has added to European Union new economic and political dimensions, from the common currency to the project of a common foreign and security policy, making her complete in the last years with the will of the “other Europe”, from the eastern part of the continent.
Which will be the Europe of the young generation? The Europe of 2010? Or that of 2025? Will she be coextensive, as geographical space, with the limits of today? The fundamental change regarding the democrat emancipation of the Balkans will add other geometrics to those drawn up at the Helsinki Summit. The South-East of Europe should be taken into account as a whole. The perspectives of Caucasian area should be defined.
Personally, I am convinced that, in the future European architecture, the Balkans will represent a firm pillar. It is a political option and a fundamental commitment, on the extraordinary potential of our youth. They are those who, beyond the governmental programs and strategies, makes us confident in the success of the reform; they are those who gave us the certitude that we will succeed.
I think it is essential that a far-reaching structure as the Balkan Political Club to assume the role of promoter and catalysis of youth politics at regional and continental level. Beyond what the states succeed, each of them, to this respect, we need coherence and a efficiency at the whole level, with the perspective of a global and integrator evolution.
An initial, but decisive step on the way of living together in an Unite Europe is represented by the capacity of the states to ensure a real integration of the youth in a global society.
It is essential this amplified vision of the European space to be in correlation with a clear conception on the essence of the enlargement process, on unifying standards and on its finality.
European Communities have created Common Market as an essential instrument of peace in Europe. Economic security has given its hand to ordinary security to create a space for development and democratic stability. These structures won’t be transferred just like that to a more vast scale of the future Union; they should be reinvented and the youth generation has the duty of will, of intelligence and of vision to reinvent the world, or at least our European world. It needs a strong, generous and profound consideration upon the relations and tensions between those identities, that define ourselves step by step, being looked upon as solidarities of family, nation and language, regional and trans frontier fellowships and solidarity of age groups and religion. We must find the geometric area where these multiple identities could merge into a single European identity. It won’t be merely a melting pot, within these identities would be reduce to the same denominator to give birth to a new identity that would serve as a substitute for all the other ones. It will be, I hope and I believe that, a region undoubtedly multiple and plural, where the dialogue and the convivial interchange could relieve a richer identity. Are we, or rather the youths of Europe, already prepared for this mission?
I truly believe that this construction of an extensive space of dialogue would have more chances then we give it at the first sight, if it has invented its own instruments. The Europe of cultures had not to wait for the Europe of markets, therefore it should be in the center of this new construction. We should break down some taboos to offer to the culture the high civic excellence that belongs to it. We should fight, on one hand, against consumerism, that doesn’t hesitate to repeat us that only the market value of cultural assets matters, and on the other hand, against the stereotypes of the experts and politicians, who mention the culture only at the end of the last chapter of their projects, which often is the shabbiest.
If we want that this new Europe to exist, we must make it an Europe of knowledge and not an Europe of information. In order to build this Europe, we have to rethink education systems, that have been designed through XIX century in a logic of antagonism and exaltation of exclusive specifications, with the essential object of creating the national identities of peoples. Nowadays, the specific features ask for being received in a logic of inclusion and of respect for the other. First of all, we must to afford citizens time to reflect over this issue and to have counselee opinion makers.
Under any circumstances, this new Europe must not be forestalled or usurped by an elite of experts, that would substitute itself to the democratic will of citizens. Indeed it would be easier that a theoretic construction like this one to be managed by professionals educated at the best European institutes and used to the complicated subtleties of institutional mechanisms and to the Euro conform idiom.
In this age of informational boom we need to build an Europe of knowledge. We use to say that the diversity of our continent is its highest value, but what does ordinary European know about this diversity? Information, even when it is used with discernment, that is not always possible in our so restless lifetime, it is only the foam of the facts. We have to search in deepness to understand ourselves and to understand Europe. Only an Europe of knowledge will be an Europe of stable development, solid dynamics, peace and security.
The Europe of tomorrow should rediscover its greatness paying one’s respect to the others’ greatness. It should recall its beginnings and pay attention to itself and to the others. The new Europeans have a difficult duty to find the way towards this Europe of future, animated by a generous and powerful blowing and by the force of the ideas that made it to live not only through facts, but also in its citizens’ hearts and spirits.