TWENTY-some years have passed since the 1989 changes (strange, two centuries exactly from the French revolution), and conclusions have been drawn for the occasion.
Now let us forget however ‘macro-economy’, leaving aside all of the usual topics such as rights, ideals, politics, beliefs, religion… and keep both feet to the ground.
Countries are made essentially of people, and that is the main issue. Humans of all ages and kinds come first, before industry, interests and whatever else.
They vote for ‘change’, they change with a hope, they hope for the better, but no one can foresee the future, thus all changes are largely blindfold. One thing is the clear mark of success and best advantage gained from any change: people’s intimate happiness. More than ‘wealth’, more than ‘freedom’ – whatever these words mean – this is the ultimate richness and liberty of man.
‘Having time’ means literally ‘living’– fully, calmly, intensely, one’s proper life without preoccupations and (especially financial) pressures, terms, dead-ends…
Life is time, only time; ‘Time is money’ in itself, which one may spend entirely to his taste, as it cannot be banked, nor transferred, nor bought with more money. This is what counts in the span of a lifetime; the rest is filling. ‘Freedom’ – what for, without time – and time, what use with bothers, duties, stress.
Twenty years may be nothing for History, but they loom large in a human life. How many changes within a generation: the nation’s birth, another form of government, economic growth, no more borders, the euro, tourism, cosmopolitism… things really have moved towards somewhere!
Is everyone, each individual citizen, intimately happier than ever before, and healthier, ‘freer’, serene? Is living easier than it was, cheaper, simpler, lighter? Does each one have more time to himself/herself (or just more savings, maybe)? “That is the question.”
If the answer is, chorally, ‘Yes’ – it is a huge step forward, real human progress indeed – it means the target has been fully hit.
8. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff