The European Nations in Paradise
Once upon a time, the European Nations went to war, but instead of the battlefield, they walked into a paradise. After entering paradise, some Nations felt a little bit tired from their previous war and thought, “We wish we could be more peaceful”. Then, these Nations saw a beautiful and peaceful community. Within it everything seemed wonderful. So, they entered the community and found peace, economic and political co-operation. After a few years, they were all so peaceful and co-operative that other Nations who saw this also entered the community. Soon, the European Nations became hungry and thought, “Oh! We are hungry. We wish we had something to eat.” They thought of all nice things, such as a common agricultural policy, and when they looked around, they saw everything they wished for. As time passed, the Nations trusted more each other, and thought, “How nice would it be to travel freely from one place to another”. It happened! After a while, the Nations became thirsty and thought, “Oh! We wish we all had something to drink”. They saw a beautiful fountain, called European Central Bank, and everyone drank refreshing euros.
As one can imagine, everything seemed to be beautiful and peaceful. Yet, one year, some of the Nations started thinking “What is happening here? We asked for peace, peace came. We asked for food, food appeared. We asked to drink, the fountain appeared. Now a crisis might also appear!” The Nations looked around and a crisis appeared. The moment these Nations saw the crisis, they got terrified and said “Oh! There is a crisis within our community, maybe it will torture us.” Immediately, as the crisis started to torture these Nations, they began weeping and mourning their fate, and shouted “Oh! This crisis is torturing us. It is going to kill us. It’s better to leave this community”, and so, they left from paradise.
The problem was, that some of the Nations did not know that they were in a paradise, and that their every wish turned into reality. The lack of a clear direction, the absence of focus and perception brought them fear, anger and eventually madness. They transformed their powers and energies to a source of problems. The Nations who remained in paradise saw what has happened to the other Nations who withdrew from it, and they thought “if we always acquire what we wish, then we need to become more responsible.” If the Nations would get constantly what they wish, they could easily destroy their community. To learn what to want is as important as achieving what you want. Some of the remaining Nations had then a very weird idea. They proposed, “Let’s wish, restricting wishing! The community has to be secured”. Some participating Nations did not like this idea. The wishes, created the community in the first place, and most importantly, have developed it throughout the years. Other Nations proposed to create the same community outside of paradise. Others, even suggested that the Nations who are prone to wish, have to be completely expelled from paradise. It is unclear how the story ends. A legend says that the European Nations stayed in paradise, and even found a way to make their 21st century called by the future historians, as “the century of paradise”. Of course, this is only a legend, but is it your wish?
 The story has been inspired by a story from the yogic lore, see http://isha.sadhguru.org/blog/yoga-meditation/demystifying-yoga/transfroming-mind-into-wishing-tree/#disqus_thread (21.4.2017).
Suggested source quotation:
Spyros Bakas: The European Nations in Paradise. In: RUB Europadialog, 2017. URL: http://rub-europadialog.eu/the-european-nations-in-paradise (2.5.2017).