Where are the real difficulties?

Now, as we emerge from the first round of elections, and our political life is teeming with only small alliances, Father Benoît de Sinety, parish priest of the parish of Saint Eubert in Lille, asks: “What if we finally looked at where the real difficulties are? »

At a time when environmental activists are pressing for the closure of amusement parks where marine mammals perform, we discover in the port of Sevastopol, on the Black Sea, enclosures in which dolphins were preparing for war. Yes, you read that right: trained for war. This is because since the 1960s, first the United States and then a number of countries, including Russia, Israel and North Korea, have realized the strategic interest of their deep-sea divers, endowed with sonar, like no other. So what can these amazing recruits be used for? Undoubtedly, to protect strategic access to Russian warships in port, noticing enemy divers. But they can also, equipped with explosive belts, approach targets and destroy them undetected. We knew during the First World War these dogs, which ones were equipped with explosives, and which ones were sent to blow up enemy trenches. Now it’s the turn of the dolphins. These animals, no more than the dogs of 1914, do not voluntarily take part in a fight … Where do you notice, in front of such examples, this strange tendency of people, when they are fighting among themselves, to no longer consider their surroundings, neither nature nor any her creation. Count only battle, war and war again.

This fantasy of a sheltered life

Now that we’re coming out of the first round of elections and our political life is buzzing with only small alliances and coalitions of opportunity, what if we finally see where the real problems lie? And above all about our future as creatures, in creation?

We may mistakenly think that we can get away simply by relying on our wealth and our cunning. But this fantasy of a secure life will quickly fizzle out in the face of global reality.

The wheat crisis in Ukraine, the reduction in available fertilizers due to the closure of the Russian market, the sharp increase in energy costs – all this presents a multitude of challenges that are primarily moral, not economic. We may mistakenly think that we can get away simply by relying on our wealth and our cunning. By looking, for example, for other ways to supply ourselves with gas, even if that means recognizing that it comes to us through extraction, which we have always refused until now. We can pretend that we believe that increasing a kilo of spaghetti or a liter of sunflower oil is not such a big problem in a country like ours, where government assistance is plentiful and where the standard of living is immeasurably higher than in many countries of the world. But this fantasy of a secure life will quickly fizzle out in the face of global reality. What will happen in Egypt and the countries of the Middle East if there is a shortage of wheat? What is already happening in Spain, where electricity has increased by 150% and where the Madrid metro is already forced to reduce frequency in order to save money?

So far from our hearts

On the way two days ago near Grand Sint, on the North Sea coast, while talking with volunteers who are trying to help migrants, I wondered what would happen when, with the help of crises, their presence increased. They tell me, these volunteers, that they can only give those who are going to soak in impromptu baths an emergency phone number. And that the telephone rings frequently, day and night, to announce that the boat is sinking and that the men, women and children on board are drowning. It must be said that the “pilot” has only the GPS of his phone as a guide to navigate, and that the sea is strong and the traffic is heavy. Britain’s decision to deport all illegal immigrants to Rwanda, where they will be “processed” there, protected from Western cameras and public opinion, in exchange for more than £150 million paid to the government in Kigali, speaks at length of the realism with which our rulers are detaining everything This.
I repeat once again, without holding out banknotes, we will find worthy and moral solutions. The prospect of this Act also gives rise to an urgent desire on our coasts that all who are encamped there should cross over as soon as possible, in order to set foot on English soil as soon as possible. Mr. Boris Johnson may say that his draft will be retroactive once it is made public, but that doesn’t stop anything. How useless it is to play with legality when one claims to govern the people: it only adds confusion to immorality. Looking at the shores of the North Sea, I wondered why today we choose to train dolphins to carry explosive charges rather than rely on them to help save the lives of those who are drowning before our eyes and, apparently, so far from our hearts.

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