Published on 17/06/2013 | Author: Isabelle ZONGO
About two years ago, I read the book « La géopolitique de l’émotion : Comment les cultures de peurs, d'humiliation et d'espoir façonnent le monde» of Dominique Moisi. It is true that it would be very unwise to mix the emotional to geopolitical issues, but I think this book is worth reading. Because it compels the reader to reflect on his emotional environment and how it determines its relationship with the world.
In addition, speaking of geopolitics by moving away from all abstract economic concepts, which are deemed necessary for an objective approach to international relations makes it possible to take another look. Indeed, the thesis of Mr Moisi is oriented around three perceptions of the actual world: the paralyzing anxiety of the West, the growing optimism in the Far East and perceived humiliation by the Middle East, young and undermined by violence. The respective feelings of fear, hope and frustration, all related to trust, therefore have some impacts on the social, political and economic world. But what about the African continent?
Africa, as you know, is a multitude of countries, cultures, languages and customs. It's also about states, both close and distant who don't have the same historic past and therefore not the same confidence in the future. We can therefore say that Africa is a complex continent where these different emotions spoken about by Mr Moisi mix, namely, fear hope and frustration. Moreover, according to the specific history of individuals and the collective history, African populations waltz between the different emotional stages. But I think everyone will agree that Hope is the predominant feeling. In fact, if you want to know how Africa is, we must know what African youths feel. For who better than them can ensure the future of Africa? Being myself part of the African youth, I found a difference between young Africans who have lived in Africa and those who have had the opportunity to live outside the continent.
According to my feeling, there is greater hope for a better future on the part of African youth who lives in Africa, but it is the lack of technical and material resources that hinders the enthusiasm and which sometimes gives him wings. I say this because there are many examples of creative and innovative projects that have been designed and developed in African slums. Among young people of the African diaspora who have studied or have travelled abroad, there is a small percentage has the hope of a better future. It is this percentage which accords to create projects for Africa or in relation with Africa, aiming to improve living conditions on the continent. The latter well imagine returning to Africa after building a few small things to their level. And this is what makes me think that Africa is unclassifiable according to the thesis of Mr Moisi mix, in the sense that despite the fear related to political and security instability and despite the frustration of being limited by the financial and materials means, HOPE for a better future is present because we, the African youth, believe in the potential of our countrymen and we want to succeed together !