by Koen Van Balen, Director of the RLICC
Major events today pose new challenges to us as citizens and as professionals. Some seem far away from our daily personal life or professional concerns. What about the massive migrations going on from various continent to Europe or within Europe? One of the pressures that initiate those migrations come from imposing regimes that disregards tolerance and diversity. They can't live with a the idea that societies are constructions based on diverse rich historical and continuously evolving cultures. Their leaders justify imposed rules and acts of destruction with so called religious rules resulting into a society based on intolerance, unilateral discrimination of women and of people with divergent (religious) opinions. They wipe out heritage as to create uniform, unilaterally constructed images of reality, in an attempt to justify intolerance by "what has always been" and was given by "a god". In short it seems that the transcendence of heritage with its socio-economic, cultural and historical layers is an obstacle while at the same time attempts are made to create a new "heritage" that is justified by beliefs and interpretation of "ancient" (religious) writings.