Europe has always been at the crossroads for many civilisations, since the silk road departing to the eastern horizons, and ships sailing to the new lands. Europe has also led the world culturally, economically and politically, but today falls short of this previous prestige. This article is not about the history of the European continent since I am no historian, but represents a set of values that once existed and should re-emerge.
We need to start looking beyond the institutions that currently oversee our destiny. Europe was built to be more than a political union, and certainly more than an economic union. Its vision was created out of unity. However, with the rise of the far-right leadership and anti-migrant policies, unity is not the only priority. We cannot continue walking in the dark, with no guiding light. The dream that I forsee today is one that very few understand now, one where politics and economics have less of a priority over social and cultural policies.
Humans are the creators of civilisations, but today we are the slaves of our own creation with humanity searching for a meaning that still hasn’t been answered. Modern politicians look to unite The Union with ideas and not much more. We need more than just ideas, we need dreams. Here in France, for example, President Mr. Macron, won the election in May 2017 over the idea of bringing change, innovation and a new light to the European Union.
However, we are yet to see real action taken. Let’s not leave change for the elected, let’s take change in our hands, it is with us, citizens, to be the voice of change. We should create hope and unity between individuals, no matter our background. Politics is not a profession, politics is an ideology, a position of negotiation and not a job. Our assemblies should regroup business leaders and gardeners, writers and chemists, astronauts and miners. The unity of our people is the only hope towards understanding the problems that exist; we are not in competition with one another, but a team – where more teamwork is needed. Its though democracy that unity can be formed ‘by the people for the people”.
Europe is often seen as a superpower, but by what standards? Europe has been criticised for far too long, our governance is often cited as out-of-date and with this – I do not disagree, but knowing we are one of the most enduring civilisations of our time, we must hold our hands and take the first steps to a new destiny of hope. Europe has the potential of becoming the first humanist power, one in which individuals are valued over economic profitability. To begin this European dream, one where we are valued, it is up to us to start the engines for change. “Together we can achieve anything if we try and seek change.” Change can be more than individuals and as a community, we need to inspire and encourage more sparks of humanity that give us a voice of the many, and not the few. Think, dream and imagine a world of no war, no poverty, no hunger and no economic resentment.
As International Ambassador, I want to help you achieve this change, as Socrates once said: “let him who moves the world first move himself.” It is up to you as an individual to start looking around and acting where you think is necessary. As International Ambassador, I encourage you to speak up, communicate and engage with your community! I encourage you to join our movement, join a journey that so many have already taken, let us become the generation that achieves Mr. Nelson Mandelas “Walk to freedom”. It is our time, let us create a better future. Remember, no one wins without perseverance and no one achieves, without dreaming themselves.
About the author
Michael Pekar Jouanneau was born in Ukraine and is currently living in France. He recently embarked on a 2 year engineering degree and is passionate about International Relations, joining We Make Change as our International Ambassador.
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