Rapidly Changing Worlds

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Dubai Airport is astonishing again and again – whenever I come there it seems to have grown, expanded, become more luxurious. But I can’t help feeling also some backward orientation: The whole thing seems to live in the firm belief that our utmost materialistic and oil-based economy will continue without end, pursuing the American belief of “bigger is better”. The United Arab Emirates will probably be the last ones to suffer under ending oil reserves, but if all others do, an air traffic hub of these dimensions may be useless, the investment invalidated, the concretized money missing for the necessary investment in the change of the oeconomical system. But it seems that Dubai Airport will continue to grow with yesterday’s dreams, simple because they are the most proficient means to seduce people to spend their money in short-lived (in-)utilities.

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