“Are we European anymore? Have we gifted the world with reason and culled it with atheism, or gifted it nations and cured it with internationalism? Or are we a museum of cultures, a Disney full of Bourbons and Mozarts and Descarteses? There is much more to be looked into here.
“And now we are not complaining so much about being an auxiliary NATO, rather a sort of exhibition on display to demonstrate the natural authenticity of that genus, as a ‘work of nature’… We instead tried to deny the reality by attacking the nation-state as the display case, and not the EU. We’re slipping back into these sub-regionalisms, this narcissism of little differences, across the board, to put off the realisation…
“Tell me, would Descartes say these nations are greater than or equal to the sum of their affected parts? This is my thought: I say they are lesser than. I say there is no sufficient cause in a nation. There is no sufficient cause in a Union, and there is no sufficient cause in an ode an die Freude. This is the bad taste of the age – welcome to Madam Tussaud’s House of Fraternité!
“Remind me… what does Descartes say about wax?” Mirko observed the South Tyrol ID cards resting on the seat in front of him. “Republik Italien,” they read. Their owners sat side by side, each absorbed in their own phones, as the plane glided over several different austerities between Stansted and Bergamo, to speak nothing of their measures.