These days, there are many comments on what is happening around us and our experience is colored different shades ranging from light gray to black. What are the most common feelings expressed by so many of us? Mainly, we feel that our life is guided by others, that our walking backwards, our daily life is denied, withheld by something or someone. This existential paralysis that dwells within us is the result of a media and social dripping that aims at denying or the end of all human rights, so as to create a feeling of frustration in the minds of many people, a decay of values because now we are touching the rock bottom, creating a feeling of utter bewilderment.
According to a recent article by Prof. Cantelmi, psychiatrist: “The runaway train, the murderous lorry, and the bloody coup (etc.) have marked the end of a shocking week. And after every tragedy, each one – surprisingly – more monstrous then the precedent, the usual circle: shock, disbelief, overcrowding of images, reconstructions and pain shouting, comments, forecasts, accusations and interviews. Then the curtain falls. And a disturbing question makes its way in our head: what will happen tomorrow? When is this going to happen again? Where? How? We have entered the tunnel of catastrophic thoughts. Welcome to the age of fear.”
Entrusting our world to those who have a well-constructed and well-defined project, where human rights will no longer be envisaged the way they were on December 10, 1948, by the General Assembly of the United Nations that approved and proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, must give us some food for thought. Below, I cite some parts of the Charter that will evidence the value of certain statements, hence what we are missing and the reason why of so much suffering around us. The preamble itself considers that the recognition of the inherent dignity of all members of the human family and of their rights, equal and inalienable, is the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world; disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts that have outraged the conscience of the human kind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech, belief, freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the man…
Article 3 Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.
Article 4 No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
Article 5 No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
Nothing to complain about in the bill of rights, but what we experience in real life is far from observing. How can I invoke the right to life if I leave home without the certainty that I will re-enter it? What safety are we talking about if the army and armored cars are the background of the Coliseum and St. Peter’s Basilica on the streets of my city? Slavery is prohibited, but we all live in slavery, as the opposite of freedom, if going to a concert, a bar, a restaurant today we are slaves of a thought: “What if an attack happens…?”
Here comes the tunnel of the catastrophic tunnel, which transforms us into slaves and deprives us of freedom. Cantelmi goes on to say: “We are afraid because we are building a depressed Europe, struggling with euthanasia and suicide, as if they were right, and we no longer have the strength and the will to struggle for life. We are afraid because we have the illusion that happiness coincides with limitless desires. We are afraid because we prefer squalid erotic – to a lesser of greater extent – chats and occasional encounters and we no longer take responsibility for other people upon ourselves. We are afraid because we are raising a generation of kids and young people who have never been so devastated by alcohol and drugs, as the latest OECD report shows, and we look in the mirror lost our fragility as adults, invoking miraculous liberalization laws as a response to the spreading ‘chemical euphoria.”
We are dealing with a generation that must adapt their way of life as it faces emerging danger of a strange war where the enemy, for example, Isis, has multiple faces: an army that invades territories, organizes guerrillas attacks scattered around the world, filming cruel executions that go viral real time on the Internet, which admits borderline and disturbed personalities from the Western world and push them to commit suicide and kill as many people as possible (De Masi).
Uncertainty and danger have a new face, a new name: terrorism. But how to get out of this catastrophic tunnel of fear, whose first consequence is preventing us from living and defending our rights?
When we sense danger, our entire body becomes able to defend itself by implementing chemical and behavioral attack and escape actions. Actual physiological responses that prepare us for the efforts needed to fight or run away. To defend ourselves somehow.
In our case, we can and must react and start rethinking the problem, from our “fear of attacks,” as an opportunity offered to us as humanity, to rebuild new positive relationships starting with the people who live alongside us, sharing and fellowship actions, in support of the beauty of life.
Listening to world news without engaging for too long, listening to never-ending details. Today the media “load” emotionally our thought, building services that are extremely precise images and descriptions in the name of the news. Too much! Even our chemistry, faced with such situations, is continuously activated as an “escape attack” response to stimuli that in reality we are only watching but not living, creating unnecessary activity in our body, which in the long run blocks our thoughts as a defense reaction, causing total immobility.
Let us take back real life from those who want to attack it every day; let us not fall into the trap of fear, the one that blocks us, which wants to push us away from the beautiful and holy everyday life.
It is a difficult time, but stay turned off, helpless, afraid, will only empower those who planned the death of a culture, the death of the so-called West, where the right to life belongs to the whole humanity. With no exceptions.
I would like to conclude with the words Archbishop Lebrun addressed to the young people of the WYD 2016: “I leave here hundreds of young people who are the future of humanity, the real one. I ask them not to give up to violence and become apostles of the civilization of love.”