A chang­ing world

Kathimerini English - - Front Page - BY ELIAS MAGLINIS

In the wake of news show­ing Don­ald Trump lead­ing over Hil­lary Clin­ton, the joke has be­come a lot less amus­ing and we are now in search of a dif­fer­ent planet. The world is chang­ing and as is cus­tom­ary at ev­ery turn of the cen­tury, the 21st cen­tury is start­ing to show its true face – or per­haps we are now be­gin­ning to dis­tin­guish its features. Com­par­a­tively speak­ing, the mas­sacre of WWI in 1914 led to an in­cal­cu­la­ble col­lec­tive psy­cho­log­i­cal shock, pri­mar­ily in Europe. Un­til then, nearly ev­ery­one be­lieved that fol­low­ing the in­dus­trial and sci­en­tific revo­lu­tions at the end of the 19th cen­tury, there was only one di­rec­tion for the world to take and that was for­ward. The trench- es, how­ever, put an end to the dream. And, as we now know, there was more, even worse, to come. Nev­er­the­less, the world only moves for­ward, even if it’s hard to see the big pic­ture amid the gloom of war, mi­gra­tion, hunger and geno­cide. De­spite the cre­ma­to­ria and con­stant fears of a nu­clear holo­caust, the 20th cen­tury brought about the end of col­o­niza­tion, peace and un­prece­dented pros­per­ity, even be­yond Western bor­ders. The facts, there­fore, are chang­ing and clearly, de­spite all the good things that the new cen­tury is bring­ing, changes are never pleas­ant and pain­less. At the same time, there have al­ways been na­tions and pop­u­la­tions who have been less for-

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