sâmbătă, 28 noiembrie 2009

Şi amărâţii planetei au acum televizoare

Nu doar televizoare, ci şi internet. Internetul şi ceea ce se cheamă instant news television sunt, actualmente, acceleratoarele de opinii şi generatoarele de sentimente profunde ale lumii globale. Sentimente adesea negative. În special, în lumea celor lipsiţi de şanse. Acea parte uriaşă a lumii, privată de avuţie şi cu demnitatea lezată grav, poate vedea astăzi, prin intermediul conexiunilor electronice, bogăţia şi aroganţa altora. Poate conştientiza mai puternic propria stare de defavorizare. Iar, în funcţie de intensitatea emoţiilor astfel create, oamenii din această lume ajung să reacţioneze: prin demonstraţii, prin contestare, prin urlete sau prin violenţe.

Două cărţi - poate cele mai bune pe care le-am citit în ultimii 2-3 ani - au inspirat rândurile de mai sus: "The Geopolitics of Emotion" de Dominique Moisi (asupra căreia îmi propun să revin în postări viitoare) şi remarcabila conversaţie a lui David Ignatius cu Zbigniew Brzezinski şi Brent Scowcroft publicată sub titlul "America and the World", din care am mai citat pe blog.

În această din urmă lucrare, recunoscând setea pentru demnitate şi respect în noua ordine globală, Ignatius îl întreabă pe Brzezinski (foto) în ce mod se pot situa Statele Unite de partea acestei năzuinţe. Politologul american a oferit următorul răspuns pe care îl redau în întregime:

"First of all, avoiding stigmatizing others. I fear that a great deal of our talk about Islamic terrorism has unfortunately created more hostility towards us among the largest religious formation in the world. We have to be very careful. If we were to use the same terminology, let's say about the Irish Republican Army and keep talking about how they're trying to establish a papacy in western Europe, that this is a Catholic conspiracy, that this is a Catholic crusade against us, we would certainly alienate most Catholics, including the sixty-five or seventy million Catholics in this country. So we have to be sensitive about the language we use.

Secondly, we have to face the fact that the quest for dignity is related to the awareness of social disparities. People who feel deprived, and who can now see on television how deprived they are compared to others, are going to resent the rich if they feel the rich are perpetuating the status quo.

So we have to identify ourselves with certain specific causes, such as elimination of starvation in the world. Millions of people are still starving in the world, and some deliberate effort is needed to begin to create conditions for self-sustaining development in poorer countries.

We have to do much more in terms of health and medicine and better schooling for people in the poorest parts of the world. It's these kinds of causes where an evident American involvement, a pioneering role, would help a great deal. And that requires, last but not least, asking ourselves whether the unlimited acuqisition of wealth is the ultimate objective of life. That applies not only to the people who simply want to have more material goods; it applies particularly to our political elite. I find it disgusting - I'm using the word advisedly - disgusting that chief executives, in businesses that often have adopted destructive, short-term policies focusing on immediate profit, are obtaining payoffs on a scale of hundreds of millions of dollars when they leave their bankrupt financial institutions. There's something fundamentally unjust in a world where that's taking place. And so there's a whole gamut of issues, ranging far beyond the political into the cultural and philosophical, that we have to think about seriously."

Bun! Acum, aş vrea să văd şi cum acţionaţi, fiindcă, altminteri, nu faceţi decât să plagiaţi pasaje din discursurile rostite de Ceauşescu la sesiunile Adunărilor Generale ONU, de prin anii '70-'80.
Imaginile le-am preluat de la http://www.filme-seriale.info/wp-content/uploads/indian_poor.jpg şi http://www.shatteringdenial.com/images/06/zbigniew_brzezinski.jpg

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