Can we learn from the suffering of Ukraine?

The gruesome scenes from Ukraine, the senseless brutality and suffering on our television screens and social media 24/7 provoked the international community (with some notable exceptions, of course). Will we rediscover that “never again” decision that was collected by a tired society after World War II about 70 years ago? It is reasonable to recall that the unifying power of the European Union’s founding declaration was built on Schumann’s promise to build a war “… not only unimaginable, but also materially impossible.” But that decision has waned over time. The prosperous and cohesive world community has allowed itself to sink into a deep sense of self-denial, assuming that evil on such a scale will never again raise its ugly head. But it has. And we don’t know how far this horror will go.

At the same time, the emergence of a new sense of unity and solidarity against this horror. It re-empowered NATO, which had recently been under siege by the president, to propagate against its purpose, while inexplicably trying to forge closer ties with today’s world-famous “scientist” and “genius.” to do. And we see a new focus and strength for collective action in other regional alliances that seek to prevent anti-democratic and aggressive forces in other parts of the world, to find means of cooperation in the common interest of the collective.

When historians think about the great changes of our time, I am convinced that the four sets of numbers – 11/9, 9/11, 3/11 and 2/22 – are considered to be the main turning points in the cycle of history. Just 33 years ago, on November 9, 1989 (i.e. 11/9), we witnessed the collapse of the Berlin Wall. The collapse of the wall seemed to be the last remnant of an old and oppressive order that gave way to a powerful new era characterized by the rise of liberal democracies and the free and rapid movement of people, goods, capital and ideas. The world has been amazed by the ever-increasing prosperity created by amazing new technologies and liberalization and integration. Three decades after this “end of history,” the world has also become an irreversible, inevitable, and irreversible force for further integration, globalization, and liberalization. Authoritarianism and economic statism “will never again” emerge from under the rocks of the terrible periods of earlier history. But they have.

Then, on September 9, 2001 (9/11), we painfully realized that the same forces that had enabled us to benefit from integration could also use terrorism and globalization to create terror and destruction against themselves.

Fast forward two decades – until March 11, 2020 – when the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, cross-border co-operation efforts were both compelling and complicated to eradicate the devastating virus. Little did we know at the time that the horrible cost of living and the means of subsistence would continue to be so.

Finally, on February 22, 2022, the world watched in horror as Vladimir Putin launched a brutal, immoral, and inhumane military attack on the Ukrainian people. Across the planet, the astonished population saw this act of aggression, which was an act of aggression – nothing less than a challenge to the post-World War II liberal order and the rejection of the concept of forcible acquisition of territory.

Thus, for 33 years, from 11/9/89 to 2/22/22, the world became a complete cycle. We went through the collapse of the Soviet Union and the inspiring peace of integration that followed the savagery and brutality of today’s crime, the like of which has not been seen since the brutal Holocaust.

Could all the suffering of war-torn Ukraine be the result of cathartic cleansing? It is possible that this “failure” in world order and coordination turned into a “breakthrough”, just as the horrors of World War II led to the rise of global institutions and rules that often failed to stand the test of time. now? Can we use a new sense of cooperation at home and abroad to counter Russian aggression to inspire a kind of global cooperation that is needed to address the greatest existential threats of our time: public health, just shared prosperity, climate and racial change? justice?

Yes – to all of the above. But we have to do it.

The great challenge of today that has put us on the brink of it to break can actually be converted progresshs. But to do that, we need a more collective and general understanding and appreciation of the “evidence” of the destructive path we are facing. Human nature avoids a radical change in behavior until one realizes that the consequences of not changing behavior are worse than maintaining a position. Until he realizes the negative consequences of the path taken, no patient will likely accept the lifestyle changes prescribed by their doctor. The management of this enterprise is likely not to change its business model until the managers appreciate the unacceptable price required by the change. Thus, government leaders will not be able to gather the necessary support at home and abroad until a broad understanding of the urgency of the people to prevent the devastating consequences of the existential crises approaching us is needed.

We know from survey data that people are more likely to rely on reliable sources than those they know best and communicate with the closest – our friends and family, those in our schools, our civic organizations, our workplaces, and so on. receive, trust and rely on.

Therefore, we must take responsibility and insist on objective evidence as a basis for decision-making and guidance in those forums close to home. We must firmly reject any attempt to distort, misrepresent or misrepresent information. Shares of systematic misinformation, of course, are now on display in Russia. We see how important Putin’s propaganda campaigns were to gain the support of the Russian people for his aggression, like a fascist propaganda machine for the persecution of the Holocaust.

It is not enough for us to shake hands with the political isolation and deception that emanate from many of our national capitals. Inspired by the courage and heroism displayed in Ukraine every day, we are tasked to do everything in our power to prevent a recurrence of such a horrific series of events. To do this, we need a collaborative framework based on the immediate embrace of a kind of evidence-based and coercive and pragmatic approach that creates a breakthrough into a brighter future.

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