Hopeful signs of peace and international cooperation were even there to be found during the Cold War. Conflicts since 1989 have been regional, but persistent. Is it a valid hope we move past mixed situations, whether the greater world outlook is positive or bleak?
11. Our own days, however, seem to be showing signs of a certain regression. Ancient conflicts thought long buried are breaking out anew, while instances of a myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism are on the rise.
Four adjectives on nationalism, well. Remember that it’s also a feature of the “fake” nations to show evidence of myopia, extremism, and aggression.
In some countries, a concept of popular and national unity influenced by various ideologies is creating new forms of selfishness and a loss of the social sense under the guise of defending national interests.
If it is selfishness, I wonder how much is stoked by wealthy interests promoting what is best for them: less scrutiny on their own questionable behaviors.
From a public address nearly three years ago:
Once more we are being reminded that “each new generation must take up the struggles and attainments of past generations, while setting its sights even higher. This is the path. Goodness, together with love, justice and solidarity, are not achieved once and for all; they have to be realized each day. It is not possible to settle for what was achieved in the past and complacently enjoy it, as if we could somehow disregard the fact that many of our brothers and sisters still endure situations that cry out for our attention”. [Meeting with Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps, Santiago, Chile (16 January 2018): AAS 110 (2018), 256]
Perhaps Pope Francis has useful insight here: we can’t ever assume that the lack of a world war or a cold war between superpowers gives us the moment to relax a focus on peace and cooperation. Complacency in the face of evil is never possible.
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