So said a certain prime minister of Spain. Spain Europe’s fourth largest economy; Uganda fourth largest in Africa. True. Life expectancy, household income. But unemployment at 24% as opposed to 4.2%; economy currently shrinking by -0.1% and currently growing at 5.2%.
In reality it is never easy to compare two items that are so different… but highlights that we are in a decade of shifts. North to South and West to East.
So the future can be one of decline. And I can only see decline when there is no imagination about the future. It is not possible to bring back the former days – not when there has been a change of season. Every season can bear fruit, we just have to discern what the season is. It can be one of decline or a re-invention using new criteria that relate more to the quality of life than to a bank balance. Interesting that the latest ‘help’ for Spain was to help the banks – but there is a deeper problem that is manifesting in the West.
Contagious ideas that bring laughter; that break down barriers; that give dignity to the marginalised.
Also Spain / Europe is not Uganda / Africa. The season is different spiritually. Now that is a challenge all-together different.