Rimvydas Valatka, Lithuania Tribune
One keeps hearing everywhere: energy security this, energy security that! The current government has focused the last remnants of its political will upon it, as if their life depended on it. To make it sound more decent, those in power try to convince us – often by sheer blackmail and pressure – that ours, too, will depend solely on energy, Rimvydas Valatka writes in 15min.lt.
Energy security is indeed a grave issue. But is it the most important one? Isn’t there a much more ominous threat looming over us – an existential one?
“Lithuania reminds me of a drop of water on white-hot iron, even though we could say much the same about almost all the senior European states – old, senile, bereft of any self-preservation instinct, effete, perverted by luxury and excess.
“The globalisation mill will doubtlessly grind Lithuania into cosmopolitic dust, but also Germany or England, even though they, of course, will stand out longer than our country,” philosopher Arvydas Šliogeris writes.
Even Vytautas Landsbergis has admitted that Šliogeris’ essay “On one or two threats to Lithuania” shows unease of a true patriot.
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Existential unease about demographic and cultural security