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Europe – A different kind of empire

Europe which used to symbol progress, freedom and globalization, has become a continent in regression. As the world is changing, some nations are progressing while some don’t. It is a natural process. Countries that are less advanced, will progress with the time toward the current dominant society. On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the strong and progressed society to continue to evolve as the time pass. It can be observed in the history of humans, that empires that stopped evolving had finished by being replaced by a population that used to be less advanced previously. This process was natural as the majority of the empire’s used to dominate other population in a less favorable manner. This pushed local population to evolve as domination was a “0 sum game” – The winner takes it all. This was the standard, which made sense in a general nationalist totalitarian structure.

The rise of the European Empire started 500 years ago. Already from its first days this empire had some different aspect than the majority of the empires that arise previously. It was not a single entity empire, but a multi entity one. To make it simple, the majority of the empires has risen from a single source. The Roman empire centered in Rome with one leader. the Persian empire, mongol empire and all the rest of the previous empire were similar in structure. Europe was different, it was an empire rising from many local entities. There were all located in Europe, many different entities were raising of the conquer of the unknown world.

By itself it is a details that makes a big difference. The constant competition and the need to progress was a factor that was one of the fundamental of this expansion. In many ways, I came to believe that the reason that the European empire has manage to emerge and control for the long the rest of the world, is the constant competition in the continent and the need the exceed the others that pushed this progress. Moreover, The fact that many different leaders were leading this quest has created a more flexible mechanism of expansion. Not only different perspective and techniques were used to the conquer and maintenance of the European empire simultaneously, but in case on entity started to fail, its neighbor entity would take over. Leaving the local population no chance to resist.

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Looking at the facts, Europe has created the biggest empire ever established in human history in terms of size. Looking on it retrospectively, it can be said that it had the biggest impact of the world population. To make it simple, from the point of view of language adaptation, it is easy to see how the conquer and integration of the European empire affected enormously every population it touches. In 2018, Spanish, English and French are by far the most spoken languages used by the world population originating from in Europe. (It is true that Chinese is Hindu are widely spoken, but these languages originated in the land of the local population). This is one of the many factors that shows the power of expansion of the western empire.

The idea of supremacy of the European people on the rest of the world is very old. Ignoring the racism and megalomania involved, as any other empire, the purpose of the western empire was based on spreading the western philosophy and unifying the world under one rule. This idea is not new, it existed in the majority of the empires. Nevertheless, the European empire is the first one in human history that has managed to bring us to a point in which it is actually possible. Many factors had pushed this outcome – The industrial revolution, the fall of totalitarian ruling and the creation of democracies, the technological revolution and the weakening on Christianity separating it from power.

It is true that the European empire has enslaved, massacred, rubbed and raped the majority of the land and population they had touched. Nevertheless, only thanks to its rise, humanity has marched toward the first possible real globalization. This statement is not belittling the horror, just pointing out the reality as it is. The world is still far from achieving full globalization and the atrocities of the Western empire should not be ignored. But after all, if we are searching to arrive to a real prosperity that will benefit the world population, stop wars, hunger and racism, globalization is the perfect way to do it.

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Do you really know what is important?

In our current society, many has developed a life style that can be categories as a constant race. This bring some interesting questions. In this race, against who are we racing? For what purpose? or because of what reasons? The fascinating thing about being in a constant race, is that you do not really have the time to stop and think about it. It is part of the intrinsic problems of living such a reality. When we do have the time and we stop for a moment, those questions look so complicated that we just let them be and continue to race.

In this post, I would like to share with you how I manage to personally find some sense in it. In the reality, I always knew that no hard questions exists when it comes to humans, it is just that we don’t like the answers… it becomes complicated. In my personal experience, I manage to tackle this issues, by confronting a very simple question, Why am I doing things to start with? Unfortunately, many people I spoke with about the subject, don’t really have a good answer for that. Why?
In my opinion the answer is quite simple. It is because we do not understand why we believe in things and for what purpose. the good news is that we can change it. It could sound like a hard task at first, but I can reassure you it is not. In the reality, it is a matter of perspective. We can think forward or backward. This distinction really makes a difference. Like any other habit, it is a matter of practice and persistence. I start using it and it changed my life.

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Thinking forward can be explain as followed: A way of thinking that is taking in consideration only a limited information about the past concentrate in the present for the sake of avoiding an unwanted future. While thinking backward can be explain like that: A way of thinking that is taking in consideration the future consequences of our actions concentrating in the present possibilities for the sake of avoiding past mistake and promoting the best possible future outcome. Please take a moment……a few minutes or hours as well…..and try to understand how to you normally think.

I took the time to think about it and realized that the majority of the things that I do, are all falling under the thinking forward philosophy. Moreover, I realized that most of this decisions are made because of a blank belief that dictates, that it is important that I do it from the first place. It is important to keep your job, to be part of society, to obey authority, not to be to different, to be a good person, husband, friend and coworker. In the bottom line, it is important to be what you are expected to be and not change how you used to be. Even if you don’t enjoy it, don’t agree or don’t fully understand why….Just continue. We have grown to call it order.

This affect greatly the individual self esteem, his capacity to be creative and flourish. We all require self motivation. It makes us better, stronger and happier. Moreover, we all need to give ourselves a good explanation about what we are doing. I think it is a built in aspect of being a human. Doing things because you have been told to, can give some comfort in the short run, as no decision making have do be made by the individual itself. But in the long run, this behavior make us weak, miserable and depress. I will argue, that one of the reasons so many people today are suffering from depression in the west, is due that reasons.

Doing things out of a deep understanding of what we are trying to achieve is extremely important. Not only because it allow us to make it better, but because it give us control on our own mind. So what is important? well, it is extremely subjective. I believe that each person need to understand it by himself. Nevertheless, there is some guideline that can feet us all. For example, to understand what is important, try to ask yourself what is the purpose of your actions from the first place. Ask yourself if this purpose promote an actual value that you believe in. try to think about where the actions of today will bring you in 5 years from now.

Another way I found to be efficient is to look at what I think is important today and try to put it in a 5 years perspective in a backward thinking. When I’m convinced that something is important I ask myself….In 5 years from now when I will look back, would it really look important or make a difference?

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Things that we are doing because we are told to, are good in small doses. But poisonous in big one. If we obey the rules because we need, go to vote, maintain the job we don’t like, maintain relationship we do not enjoy and keep a routine that do not promote our happiness. We lose one of the main aspect of what make as great as human. Many people call this behavior been a sheep, which I disagree with. While it is true it have some similarities, as humans that live that way just walk after the leader to slaughter. From the other side, For the majority of their lives, cheep look quite happy, or at least not depressed.(I actually observed sheep quite a lot in my childhood).

Thinking backward is not rebellious or chaotic, it is liberating and motivating. Understanding what is really important for you, gives new meaning to life and build automated self confidence. Give it a try, let me know how it worked for you.

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