Other boundaries

Fabrizio d'Agostini

A lot is being talked about and heard about nowadays, concerning boundaries. The defense of Europe’s outer boundaries; the defense of Italy’s outer boundaries.

This necessity has become a sort of recurring item in the very moment when, practically everything, demonstrates the uselessness of the defense of any given outer boundaries.

The countries, the peoples, the nations, have been invaded for years by multinational companies – Samsung, Nestlé, as well as Coca Cola and Mc Donald’s and so on. The financial system controls the Union – so being rich or poor and being able to work or not, only depends on the financial and tax-related motions, and on traditions, not really on some millions of migrants who struggle to walk into Europe.

As a matter of fact, just like any diasporas in the western history, migrations should eventually turn out to be something good, but even admitting this is not always the case and in some way (I do not see which, though) walls like those in Hungary can be justified and it can be held that they were and are done in the interest of the Hungarian, in a global world the invasion already happened and is now complete, sitting inside the Hungarian families’ homes just like it stands within the stacks of wood in Pal Street or in the Botanic Garden.

Yet there are boundaries at risk to be crossed, maybe they were already repeatedly crossed. These are boundaries much more important than those marked on the political atlases, they are the boundaries the West established in 1948, after terrific armies had crossed any possible boundary in all continents. They are the boundaries marked by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by the founding deed of the European Union, by the Italian Constitution, or in 1950 in Rome, by the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), then by the Nice’s Chart.

These boundaries are a model of humanity and civilization, they are both our identity and our borders, they are much more important than the physical, geographic ones.

They are in the declarations, in the foundations, in the covenants, in the constitutions. They are the boundaries of the West and especially the boundaries of Europe.

Such invisible but terrific boundaries are boundaries imposed on thought, emotions, communications, morals. They are the current boundaries of the human spirit that should be defended at any cost.

An evidence is what is being felt – it is the emotion one experiences. In the politics on migration newly issued by some EU countries, what is being missed, is the pride of being European, the moral superiority (though troubled) versus other lands and a huge sense of justice. It was not really worth to lose them just for sake of material boundary defense.

Now, that invisible boundary has been crossed.

Nostalgia remains.

Fabrizio d'Agostini