The people of the United Kingdom voted in referendum yesterday for Brexit (British exit) or independence from the European Union (EU).
Unity is a wonderful thing when values and vision is widely shared and the burden and benefits are more or less evenly distributed.
But in the case of the UK in the EU, the vote for independence was anchored in the unsettling issues of mass immigration from the Arab Spring, the debt crisis of many of the poorer Southern EU states (e.g. Greece, Spain, Portugal, etc.), the decision of the UK to maintain their own currency (not accepting the Euro), and culturally (and language-wise), even though they all interact with each other, the UK has more in common with the US and Australia, then they ever had with Germany, France, and the rest of Europe.
It is really very understandable that the UK doesn’t want to lose their identity and sovereignty and just be another EU state–rather than be a unique, independent, and dominant entity of it’s own, charting their own course and driving their own fate.
While it’s great to a part of something bigger, sometimes being yourself is more important, and you can still interact with the rest.
No people should be forced to become a shadow of themselves, and if the call is for independence, then that is noble call even if it is inconvenient for those who would rather call themselves the EU.
Unity may best be by alliance rather than strict integration…one for all and all for each and every one. 😉
This is an interesting video on Plato’s Allegory of The Cave.
It is long-winded, but if you watch a little I think you will get the point.
In the video prisoners who are kept in the dark, chained, and with no real view of the outside world, have a limited perception of what exists out there.
They see shadows, but what is a shadow compared with the reality of true people, places, and things.
When one prisoner is released outside into the light and the wonders of the world, he sees and experiences the greatness, the complexity, and the beauty of it all.
The world, he sees, is much more than a shadow on a darkened wall.
Watching this video, I think how fortunate I am to be able to have an education (and I am actually in a class this week).
It is wonderful to learn and grow–and have one’s eyes opened to all there is out there.
True, not all the topics that I encounter and learn about are of great interest to me (sometimes, like everyone, I feel like I just want to get some Zzzzzs), but just being exposed to different topics and ways of thinking is a great opportunity in and of itself.
I think sometimes, how lucky I am to live in the 21st century in an age of globalization, opportunities for advanced education, and all the technology to bridge time and space and see more than many who came before us.
I imagine that compared to G-d, we are like the prisoners in the cave who only experience and see a minutia of reality, and G-d is out there over us, omniscient.
Someday, G-d releases us from our mortal bodies and we ascend to heaven to partake of his greatness and then our eyes are truly opened as well. 😉