A recent article (appeared on TIME, 01.28.2008) was been talking about the way how three connected cities (New York, London, Hong Kong) drive the global economy – and also the cultural life in the whole earth. To explain the idea, it was forged the neologism NYLONKONG, indeed very efficient to understand the matter.
So, we want instead to speak about the great news of this century which is – using the expression of Jeffrey Sachs – the end of poverty, that is to say that poverty today has no technical reason to continue. So, we have to look around ourselves, because if the reason of poverty is no more the lack of resources, the problem is of political and economic matter, that is to say we have to look over people that get the power.
What we can do – and we are doing this now – is to raise the feeling of this new consciousness that to work is not always the same than to develop (you know, on the Auschwitz entrance gate there were the ugly words “Arbeit macht frei”). There are a lot of works that are injurious for health and for freedom. The news is that this kind of hard work are more and more remnant of the past. People have not to serve someone, but to free themselves. Art and Beauty are the instrument of liberation. This is the real (and hidden) meaning of this proof.
Modern economies (and NILONKONG knows) employ their people in cultural work and technology, where creative people thrive on interaction, transforming – as says Elizabeth Currid in her The Warhol Economy – arts in the more advanced industry sector, and the cities have to be increasing supporter of industries in creativity and relational tourism, offering assistance with financing, real estate and marketing.
The great news – in add what TIME says – is that modern technology (and the lower cost of transports) is shifting the matter of anthropological way to share arts, ideology and culture. The needing to be near one another to reach the shape of a creative critical mass is now living more through internet communities than into the squares of a town, and this is something that open intellectual élites (that is to say that old bourgesy is transformed by peripheric technological new comers) with an idea of Europe that seems to be more closer to the legendary and living Utopia, as the place where Enlightened lives on, making their life metaphysical transformation in something more than human.
To forge this new generation we need for innovative technology, of course, but also of something very traditional, which is the everlasting Art of the Rose.