Global Analysis from the European Perspective. Preparing for the world of tomorrow

High-blown ideas put to an acid test

As things accompanying the epidemic are developing, we can note a few interesting phenomena:

[1] borders are useful after all whereas the mass movement of people may be deleterious;

[2] virtue signalling has long gone beyond being ridiculous;

[3] the international solidarity is wishful thinking;

[4] Beijing and Moscow are far closer to Italy – a European Union member-state in need – than Brussels, Paris, Berlin or for that matter Washington.

[1] Borders are useful. Up to now the principle of the free movement of people (to be precise: labour and customers) has been enshrined in all Western states and regarded as unassailable. Whoever had second thoughts about it was ridiculed mercilessly and touted as inhumane, backward and what not. Nowadays all European governments have decided to isolate their countries from the outside world, including their EU member-state neighbours, and they did not need approval from Brussels. Fear of the DNA double helix soaring here and there made conceited politicians and self-assured citizens bow their knees to reality. They have all at the long last recognized that reality is something that refuses to satisfy our wishes.

[2] The other value enshrined in the Western world was its ethics of being race blind. Lo and behold fear of death has shown that people are race conscious, xenophobic and tend to cherish in-group loyalty rather than the global fraternity of all human beings. In Italy and the United States people naturally have begun to behave in a way suggestive of their conscious avoidance of the Chinese co-citizens or visitors. A quite natural behaviour when you consider that the epidemic started in and spread from China. This, however, was like the gauntlet thrown down to the politicians and social activists who have made a point of virtue signalling. Coronavirus prompts ‘hysterical, shameful’ Sinophobia in Italy (Al Jazeera); As the coronavirus spreads across the globe, so too does racism (The Atlantic); Coronavirus: Spike in reports of ‘racist’ abuse of Chinese people in Italy (The Local). These are but a few titles. For them it is not the epidemic that poses a problem, it is racisms that is rearing its ugly head. Only when it comes to acid tests can we see reality – something that refuses to bow to our wishes – of inter-human relations. People are in-group oriented (why shouldn’t they be, after all?) and xenophobic. They are hard-wired for that. Naturally, they are concerned first and foremost about their families and then about their extended families (even though they may not admit it consciously or in an attempt to avoid official ostracism) and not about the whole world, about nations in neighbouring countries, let alone about communities located in the other parts of the globe. This provides fertile ground for the few who want to tout themselves as friends of humanity and feel they are operating on moral high ground, which is a shot of dopamine as good as any other: Italian Mayor Urges Citizens to ‘Hug a Chinese’ to Fight Racism; Italian virologist says political correctness doomed his country’s coronavirus response; and On February 1st Florence, Italy, Celebrated “Hug a Chinese” Day.

You still don’t know why the death toll in Italy has surpassed that in Wuhan?

[3] Globalism, the idea of the unobstructed movement of people (which means, again, employees and consumers) obviously helped the epidemic to spread. That’s the ABC of epidemiology. The millions that are nowadays travelling every day, hopping from country to country, from continent to continent, enable any disease to spread like wild fire. The lack of borders only facilitates the speed with which such undesirable phenomena occur. Now in an attempt to curb the threat, internationally-minded governments and organizations clamped down on the freedom of movement, which is only playing into the hands of various national parties operating in particular states. Reality (something that stubbornly refuses to dance attendance on our wishes) has laid everything bare: yes, there is a hierarchy of things and the hierarchy – surprise, surprise – is simple and ages old: my family, my tribe, my nation, nations akin to mine, the rest of the world. No, truth be told, pet and domestic animals have their place – what a horror! – somewhere in between.

[4] That Moscow is sending medical aid to Italy is an event of evangelical magnitude. It is not Rome’s friends in Brussels, Paris, Berlin or Washington but the Kremlin, but the country that is suffering from the economic sanctions imposed by the West in which Italy is participating! Isn’t it turning the other cheek! What moral publicity are Moscow and Beijing – because China is also extending its aid to Europe – going to gain thanks to the these events? The Italians are naturally grateful. What they can expect from the EU when they are in trouble is not hard to guess. You only need to look at Greece or Cyprus. Moscow and Beijing can capitalize on the events unfolding because of the epidemic in a way that is now difficult to foresee. How will the Italian government be able to ostracize Russia once it has benefited from Moscow’s aid? How can its propaganda machine keep on touting the Kremlin as an inhumane regime anytime after?

The hubris of the globalists resembles that of the people dancing on board of the Titanic. A block of frozen H2O brought their technological and other achievements to naught. Similarly, a DNA molecule, unseen with unaided eye, is bringing the grand plans of the globalists to naught. All of a sudden reality (something that will not bow to our designs) has torn people away from the fairy-tale world of their TV or computer screens and flung them into the non-fictional, factual world where animalistic fear of death puts everything in the right perspective and validates or invalidates all high-blown ideas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

GEFIRA provides in-depth and comprehensive analysis of and valuable insight into current events that investors, financial planners and politicians need to know to anticipate the world of tomorrow; it is intended for professional and non-professional readers.

Yearly subscription: 10 issues for €225/$250
Renewal: €160/$175

The Gefira bulletin is available in ENGLISH, GERMAN and SPANISH.