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Two convinced Europeans, worried about the Old Continent

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I’m a convinced, if not a proud European. During the almost two decades I spent in Taiwan, an island that over the years has become my true home, the living environment constantly reminded me of my own cultural roots.

Germans are very popular there, and although there is a raising awareness of the Shoah, no one reduces Germany to the sad legacy of an Austrian politician called Adolf Hitler. Taiwanese love German cars, machinery, bioproducts, beer, sausages, pork knuckle, and some even enjoy dark bread.

They consider Germans to be hard-working, reliable and punctual, which is still mostly true. Obviously, that’s not the main reason why I don’t feel like constantly wearing sack and ashes.

Beginning with the various city states in Ancient Greece, Europeans have contributed enormously to the progress of mankind in many fields. Unfortunately, as Western media and universities are nowadays clearly dominated by self-hating cultural Marxists, it has become fashionable, if not obligatory, to focus on some partly negative aspects of European history, like a very complex colonial policy.

Interestingly, but not really surprising, the enormous bloodshed called the French Revolution, and the rupture of civilization that the Russian Revolution represents, are never mentioned in this context.

I also perceive other very problematic tendencies in 21st century Europe. Especially, as yesterday I spoke for the first time after almost 20 years to a female friend of mixed European heritage, who has spent many years in Asia as well.

We quickly found out that we both dislike the arrogance and false moral superiority that characterize many Europeans. They try to impose their alleged universal values on nations with a totally different cultural background.

Though it’s still done in a very selective way: China, Iran and Russia must definitely accept them, while African countries don’t have to, if those are incompatible with their traditional concepts.

You can’t expect that Asians and Africans take for granted self-realization at all costs, misunderstood individualism that results in extreme hedonism, free abortion and a ban on the death penalty, homosexual marriage, as well as obvious privileges for women and all kinds of minorities, whose numbers keep increasing in bizarre ways.

At the same time, a significant part of the Western political elite has lost the will to defend what makes our cultures and traditions distinctive and unique, promoting mass immigration of unassimilable aliens, cultural relativism and aggressive dechristianization. This is an obvious contradiction.

A considerable number of non-progressive Europeans have chosen inner emigration, inwardly hoping that their offspring might find a better life abroad. Quite a few others, like my friend and myself, left many years ago, never to return permanently.

Not because we had become alienated, on the contrary: we still fell deeply attached to the Old Continent, even if in the meantime the decay has become more obvious and the current pandemic will fasten the decline of the West.

The economic stagnation, not just in France and Spain, the two countries that the two of us are most familiar with, will also accelerate.

Today, besides a glorious past, it’s hard to find any incentive to start a business there: high taxes, sometimes insurmountable bureaucratic hurdles, and a general lack of appreciation for entrepreneurship make it a rather difficult task. For its part, Asia has offered much better opportunities for decades. Hard work is rewarded, and people who want to make money aren’t looked down on.

Last, but not least we agreed that there’s a big difference between equality and leveling, although that’s a fact that the prevalent feminist current is incapable of admitting. You also can’t simply compensate former real and alleged discrimination by simply turning the tables around.

At the end of the day, men and women complement each other. Sadly, the abandonment of this natural principle has wreaked havoc on Europe. Every time I meet an Asian lady, no matter where, I’m a little more aware of it. Do you have to reside in Asia to realize not only that, but how many things have gone completely wrong in Europe?

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