I have recently tried to take a small step back from events to gain some perspective on our world and where we are going. My mind keeps returning to the darkest period in our collective history: the two world wars that stained the first half of the 20th century. More than 100 million people, mostly civilians, were killed in those two wars – a mass slaughter and destruction that is almost unimaginable today. The hopes of Europe’s Enlightenment and revolutionary ideals born in the 18th century were obscured during the two world wars in a long Endarkenment. Darkness, hatred, malice and tribal warfare of the meanest kind cast a long, dark shadow over Europe and the world at the time. The hopes and the great minds of Europe were directed towards death and destruction on a massive scale, developing rockets, atomic bombs and the most terrible and terrifying projects of ethnic cleansing. During that darkness, we all fell into a deep sleep, our humanity was probed and our usual waking defenses lay disabled. Understandably, it took some time for humanity to regain faith in humanity.
America’s military adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq
We must be more creative in our thinking, shining some light into the darkness in order to spread a new enlightenment. We should not be scared to seek new ideas to prevent further endarkenment of our world, instead bringing some light and hope back into it.Hassan bin Youssef Yassin