Friday, 31 March 2017

The EU And The Rape Of Europa Myth

As Britain triggers ''Article 50'' and begins to leave the European Union I thought the time was right to take a closer look at something rather odd about the EU, or to be more specific, the EU's enthusiasm for promoting the ''Rape Of Europa'' myth as one its primary symbols.

 In the Greek myth Europa was a beautiful Phoenician princess, Europa caught the eye of Zeus who promptly turned himself into a rather comely and attractive white bull adorned with flowers and petals.  An entranced Europa climbed aboard the bull only for it to whisk her away across the sea. Zeus, in the guise of the bull, took her all the way to Crete, where he raped Europa, Europa then went on to give birth to king Minos of Crete.

 So before we pull on our tinfoil hats and take a dive into conspiratorial heaven let us first take a look at how the Europa myth is being used:

This is the EU headquarters in Brussels.

This is the sculpture outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg, literally called ''The Abduction of Europe''.

Now, the fact that both centres of European Union political power feature Europa and the bull is enough to warrant a raised eyebrow, however, that is only the beginning....

An early incarnation of the Dutch Euro:

The Greek 2 Euro coin:

A cover of Der Spiegel:

 A German phonecard made by the EU:

Time Magazine cover:

EU residence permit:

A postcard commemorating the second election of the EU Parliament in 1984:

The opening ceremony of the first ever ''European Games'' held in Baku in 2015:

The most obvious question we should ask ourselves is the following: ''Why is the European Union using the rape of Europa from Greek myth as its primary symbol?''. 
 It could be argued that Europa, bearing the name, represents the founding of Europe as a continent and civilization, however, the depiction of Europa is never Europa as mother, or matriarch, but always Europa the dupe, the tricked, the raped, and she's always shown with the bull.

 And I'm not the only person who is rather baffled by this, Sarah Dejaegher not only works for an EU think tank but has even penned articles in the pro-EU news site ''The Federalist''. In her article ''Europa and the bull: The significance of the myth in modern Europe'', Sarah writes:

Hence there must be a deeper symbolic relevance that explains its omnipresence in the European Union. But when we analyze the events that take place in this story, the significance of the myth for the European Union seems an even bigger mystery: isn’t the rape of Europa a strange story to symbolize the European Union? How can a tale of a Phoenician woman, unwillingly abducted and sexually assaulted by a rutting, unscrupulous deity be used as a symbol for a unique project of peace, prosperity and freedom in human history, being the voluntary integration of different nations into the European Union? To answer these questions one must take some creative thinking and room for interpretation into account.
Is the bull-god the President of the European Union, snatching Europa away towards an (unwanted?) economic en cultural unification? Does it say: joining the EU means were ‘shafted’? Is Europa a na├»ve, passive victim or an adventurous girl that takes the bull by the horns and seeks her destiny behind the horizon? Or does the bull represent the world that is madly in love with beautiful Europa? Well, maybe. It all depends on who is reading and what his or her attitude is towards the European Union.

Well, my attitude to the European Union is probably a tad more skeptical than Sarah's, but nevertheless, she does a good job of outlining the problem here and if, as an actual employee of the EU, Sarah has no clue as to why this symbol is being used, then what chance to do we plebs have?. 

 What we are dealing with is the establishment of a founding myth, the problem is that this myth has at its core the deception and rape of Europe. So given that the EU is awash in PR departments and various 'outreach' platforms why did nobody explain this to the people endorsing the Europa myth as a new foundational myth?. 

 In the second part of her piece Sarah speculates still further on this mystery:

In the first version of the myth, ‘the rape of Europa’, the bull represents the extreme forces of nationalism, violence and oppression embodied in Nazism. In this version Europa is portrayed as a victim of brutal force to which it reacts in vain. This interpretation provides the foundations of a united Europe: it shows how European integration helped overcome evil forces and how these experiences are inherently present in the European wounded ‘soul’.
...... Concerning the bull myth, a less positive portrayal of European politics is not hard to think of. And thus it is no surprise that at the other end of the spectrum, the story has also been used favorably by the anti-European movement, who finds it shocking that the European Union so openly adores such a violent tale. Nevertheless, these Eurosceptics and Europhobians retell it themselves to illustrate their fear for more European integration. For them, the myth – as a semi-official EU symbol – portrays the European undemocratic elite as the bull that lies about its identity and its intentions and ends up raping Europa, being the European people that have no say in their faith.

If post war morality in Europe, and within the EU specifically, is based upon a colossal myth which seeks to trick the European population then I'd like to know what that myth is, who created it and why. So what I shall do is pop ''Founding myths in Europe'' into the Google search bar and see what pops up...first! 

The very first subject which Google gave me when I typed in ''Founding Myths in Europe'' was a book on the Holocaust and how it informs modern decision making and morality in Europe, again, specifically within the EU. The first page of that book explains......

This must be what Sarah Dejaegher refers to as our ''European wounded soul'' though I have to admit, I find it hard to understand how we can heal our soul if we are living within an identity and moral framework which relentlessly seeks to keep the wound bleeding.

 According to a think tank in Israel (?) and their lengthy essay entitled ''The Jewish Contribution to the European Integration Project''
''To the extent, therefore, that the European integration project is creating a similar crisis at the heart of European citizenry, today all Europeans are, in some metaphorical sense, Jews. Interestingly enough, this metaphorical sense is not lost on EU leadership, who often speak of the need to learn from the history of European Jews and draw on European Jewry as a model for emulation within the EU. As Romano Prodi, former President of the European Commission and former Italian Prime Minister has put it'':
"I believe we can learn a lot from the history of the Jews of Europe. In many ways they are the first, the oldest Europeans… We, the new Europeans, are just starting to learn the complex art of living with multiple allegiances – allegiance to our home town, to our own region, to our home country, and now to the European Union. The Jews have been forced to master this art since antiquity. They were both Jewish and Italian, or Jewish and French, Jewish and Spanish, Jewish and Polish, Jewish and German. Proud of their ties with Jewish communities throughout the continent and equally proud of their bonds with their own country."

And in the chapter ''Rising From The Ashes'' the Ben Gurion(!) university explains that keeping our soul ''wounded'' is entirely the point:

I would now like to briefly address what I have called the implicit impact of the Shoah on the European integration project. First and foremost, the Shoah contributed to a fundamental de-legitimization of German nationalism. Holocaust deniers unwittingly prove that the de-legitimization mechanism is still undermining right-wing extremist positions – which is why they want to get rid of it.
First of all, the explicit reference to the Shoah and its central position in the great European integration
narrative is a rather recent phenomenon. It gained momentum after 1989. Without diluting German guilt, it has become the dominant view that the Shoah belongs to European history, not only German – and, of course, Jewish – history. Secondly, we can observe a general trend in European politics of memory: from a focus on the heroes to a focus on the victims, from war to genocide, from victory to empathy. The EU’s Europe Day on the 9th of May looks like an exception, but it is dedicated to a civilian, not a military hero.
Concerning the implicit impact of the Shoah, my second point is that it contributed to undermining the dogma of the unfettered and indivisible sovereignty of the state: While the failure of traditional balance-of-power politics provided a pragmatic argument for the concept of supra-nationality, the new focus on universal standards– as in the U.N.’s Genocide Convention and in its Universal Declaration of Human Rights, both adopted in December 1948 – added a normative foundation.
Within such a moral framework European man is stripped of all his prejudices and group allegiance, if the Holocaust, racism and in-group loyalty are all synonymous, all are despicable, evil. It then naturally follows that openness, tolerance of the racial other and the out-group then become the epitome of ''good''.   

 The liberal will immediately demand to know why these traits are undesirable, how can more tolerance ever be a bad thing?. The problem is that these values are only expected of Europeans, not the ''racial other'' they are not operating within this morality and the results of it were perfectly encapsulated by a Polish magazine:

The Rape of Europa is no longer metaphorical, but literal, Europa is literally being raped because of this imposed moral order.

 The Bull approached beautiful Europa and dazzled her, he sang in low tones, he had flowers and garlands around his neck, the delicate smell of universal ideals, the soothing sound of anti-racism and the large soft eyes of tolerance all hypnotized Europa. The deceitful bull whisks Europa away to be ravished, the trap is sprung.

 The EU elites have been using the Europa myth as a symbol since long before the current refugee crisis and widespread sex crimes perpetrated against European women, it isn't that they're directly mocking the pain of Europeans in that sense. 

 But are they mocking us indirectly? that is to they know?are they aware of how all of this could be perceived today? Sarah Dejaegher certainly is. 

 Is it conceivable that the people who chose to impose on Europe a moral order which they knew all along was to be our end, and they scornfully mocked our innocence and naivety via the Europa and the bull myth, which adorns both of their political centres? 

 I do not know, but I'm glad my country is leaving this sickening creation and urge all my fellow Europeans to slaughter the beast as quickly as possible. 

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