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This blog is called “About forests, mountains and rivers” and it is dedicated to a long lost home. I will try to express my thoughts and opinions on it here. This long lost home to which this blog is dedicated has a name: Europe.
Now, many (or some?) of you will probably ask, why Europe should be lost. After all the continent Europe is in fact there and its people are more advanced than they ever were. We have modern medicine, we have modern technology and we live in democracies. What should be wrong with Europe nowadays?
Well, it might look as if everything was alright or even much better than in the past, but this is only due to our modern way of perceiving things. We do not notice that something is wrong, because we are so used to this state and have never seen it different (at least in this live).
Let us think about the differences of modern Europe and ancient Europe (about 2000 years ago). What is the most obvious diffence, the difference that jumps us immediately into the eyes. You can express this difference with only one short sentence: The forests are gone. Even in the Middle ages almost all Europe was still covered with forests and humans lived in little villages with houses built of wood. Today there are almost no forests left, and most of those that are left are artificially created by humans to get wood. How does Europe look now? It is covered with cities made of black asphalt and stone. The smell of fumes from cars lies everywhere in the air. At night there is no real darkness because of all the electrical lights and in the big cities we cannot even see most of the stars we normally would see at night.
So, as explained in the previous paragraph, Europe is simply less beautiful now than back then. But this is not all. The humans themselves are different. Their slogan seems to be “Quantity over quality!” instead of the other way round, like it was back then. With a car we can travel much further than with a horse or by foot (high quantity), but what does it mean? It means we will get physically weaker (low quality). So travelling 100 km by car means travelling far, but in a bad way and travelling 20 km by foot means travelling not much, but in a good way. So modern technology is like a drug, it seems to make us better, but we will become addicted to it, because although we are better with it, it does not make us ourselves better, but actually worse. The same accounts for modern medicine.
Modern Europe is infact a drug addict, but, as many people who smoke will know, someone who is addicted to something often realises this and a part of him wants to get rid of it. I am such a part of Europe. I want to get rid of all this cities, of all the modern technology (electricity and medicine included), of all the plastic (which is basically dead animals) and first and for most I want to get rid of this modern attitude of quantity before quality. I want the real Europe back. I want to really get better myself and not with the help of electricity or chemical medicine.
I want forests, mountains and rivers.