What are the forces of judgement for Europe’s future?
Some of the invited people had cancelled on us for various reasons and the program of the festival had many other things to offer – from a distance we heard music from a stage – and as hidden as we stood there on the meadow, we already expected a small dome talk. In Witten two days before, the dome had been well filled despite the rain and the conversation was colourful and lively. What character would it have here?
The dialogue was given distinction by the exchange with six pupils who with their white T-shirts made themselves known as “crew” members for the festival and came from the “Europaschule” (Europe School) in Herzogenrath. They were able to free themselves for the Dome Talk and join the four-man strong construction team. Hermann Gendrisch from Attac Wurmtal was also there and one participant found his way under the dome through the festival programme.
After the conversation had progressed a little, I was then – similar to the others – incited to want to hear a little more and I brought the ideals of the French Revolution into the exchange: Freedom, equality, brotherhood. I myself heard about this triad for the first time as a pupil from one of my teachers and also that it is important to think these three “forces of judgement” in the right spot:
And fraternity is needed precisely where today it is lacking most of all, namely in the economy, which should be there for all people to get what they need for a dignified life.
The conversation went very well and it still resonates in me. We therefore decided to make the video summary a little longer so that the course of the conversation can be experienced a little better.