Paris Monument to tolerance with Eiffel Tower in the background.
Europe is many things to many people. Some see it as a continent and a civilization which existed long before the birth of nations. Others view it as a shared culture, sometimes coupled with a sense of belonging. What all versions of Europe have in common from the geographical to the metaphysical is that Europe is an idea. This idea vacillates between that of an identity, on the one hand and that of the consciousness of an entity, on the other. Although they can coexist, they don’t necessarily go together. Personally, I believe that Europe symbolizes the unification of people and tolerance for diversity that exists between them. Moreover, it symbolizes love for our European fellows, healthily living with them and an exchange of other cultural elements that lead to knowledge. And because Europe reflects ourselves, we need to cherish this value and make it the most important ideal in our life.
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