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Technologies and religions at the risk of paradoxes (by Marco Emanuele)

Paradoxes generate risks. If we are in a global and globalized society (very different adjectives in terms of meaning), logic would like everyone to share openness as an essential condition. Open societies should prevail.

Well, that’s not the case. We live the paradox of a world in flames (not only from an environmental point of view but also from a political and economic ones, apart from the pandemic) and the “geostrategic actors” seem to be playing to protect themselves from the open sea of ​​planetary destiny.

One of the most dangerous characteristics of the present time is the return of nationalisms or, better said, the desire for self-sufficient closures. Whether it is done out of real or induced fear, or by tactical choice, nationalisms are the negation of the cultural and political value of the nation as an ineliminable identity of every people.

Two elements with a planetary dimension, such as religions and technological innovations, risk being dragged into the paradox of nationalisms. In doing so, both religions and technological innovations risk being placed at the service of the exasperation of closures within borders: as if our territory were not – in the third millennium – extended to the entire planet and, by now, to space.

Taking away global dimension from religions and technologies runs the risk of emptying them of meaning. Religions are very often exploited in the name of political reasons that would like to crystallize a mythical, fixed, inviolable reality; they would thus be religions without dialogue, rites to be followed slavishly in the name of an imposed political order.

Technologies, equally exploited, risk turning into mere instruments of geopolitical struggle: it is for technology, in fact, that new competitions are developed for new wars of power at the international level.

The reflection continues.