|Quoting pvjin (Reply 248):|
See, what you wrote (and what I reacted to) was "Long gone are the great days of Europe, our core values have been replaced by bunch of junk." That's just nonsense. What were the great days of Europe? The days in which we lived in intellectual darkness, under the terror regime of the Catholic church? The days in which we brought death and misery to innocent folks around the world, by conquering their lands, infecting them with diseases, burning their villages and raping their women? The days in which we fought amonst ourselves the deadliest and most horrible wars ever, when millions perished from genocide and prosecution? The days when half of the continent was locked behind the Iron Curtain, unable to speak up, and both sides were constantly plotting how best to kill each other? Where were our "core values" then?
I maintain that never in history have we lived up to what call "values", but probably in no time more so than we do today.
Europe will diminish in importance, yes. But that's not because of some poor refugees or badly integrated immigrants, these issues are blown totally out of proportion. Not saying that they are trivial or don't need to be solved, but in the grand scheme of things, Europe's demise will have more to do with us getting older, fewer, and ever more divided.