time to stop thinking about Europe, or the Mediterranean, or our cities, as “a project”

Right now is the time to stop thinking about Europe, or the Mediterranean, or our cities, as “a project.” Right now is the time to start thinking about Europe, the Mediterranean, and our cities as a vast system of conflicting wavelengths, unexpectedly resonant rhythms, and a mysterious coherence that will need a radical reformulating once again. In this retelling, we must reconcile our sometimes desperate sense of being beleaguered from outside, and our fear of the future, with a longer view of history, and with a fatalistic view of conflict, as the one thing that holds us together.

Braudel’s Donkey. Historians and the Mediterranean as a Political Project.
Wouter Vanstiphout, New Geographies 5: Mediterranean