For this reason, if you are one of those people who advocate putting an end to Europe as a project and a socioeconomic reality together, I will simply tell you not to doubt that, if we stop being a superpower, it is very likely that we will end up as a mere area of ​​influence of another superpower. Do not judge me personally for making this statement: History is the best demonstration that, throughout the centuries, this is the reality that ends up imposing itself in the face of a leadership vacuum. If you prefer that this leadership be replaced by that of a United States that now looks more only towards itself, by that of Russia, or even by that of distant China, it is something that I leave to your subjective reflection.

So I say goodbye to you today, doubting whether in the not too distant future I may already write to you from these pages in Newspeak. The level of resistance is already set by you and your consciences, or rather, what remains of them.

“1984” is one of the essential novels of fantastic literature that I have not read. I recognize my resistance to self-flagellation, so I was not attracted to it.

But I also believe that Europe, its future rather, will not go down that path. In this sense, I am in favor of other types of outings that other authors have ventured. The common characteristics are usually (I make a Europe-Earth relationship, since obviously in this type of literature planets and not regions are treated), having reduced its extension to the minimum expression, but also the maintenance of its independence, a balancing position between the rest of the powers, a generator of culture and a crucial point of trade between all existing actors. A certain sometimes almost atavistic respect on the part of the rest of the powers is also common.

I think that view is closer to probability. Not because Europe does not decline, grow old and stop advancing. Rather because no matter how bad it is, it continues and will continue to be the icing on the cake, the first prize and whoever owns it will have many ballots to take control, which would always make the rest of the powers react by allying themselves to prevent Europe from falling into other hands. At the same time, the European political tradition, its experience in achieving balances, would facilitate this characteristic.

But this is not the only disagreement I have with the approach of the article, that although some may find it less original than it appears, at least I particularly find the point of view of how it is treated.

The reasons for this secular subsistence are the following2:  Only the printed page accompanied by illustrations is truly effective when the information is extremely complex.  The use of the book does not depend on any auxiliary or reproductive equipment.  Reading as a process of assimilation of information occurs faster than listening. However, among the most important inconveniences related to the transmission of knowledge through books, it is possible to cite the long delay between the preparation of the original and its publication. From the formal point of view, books3 are documents with more than 48 pages that constitute a bibliographic unit. By their content, books have a scientific, practical or literary character; they cover all the cultural manifestations of man. The book is the publication of a text or graphic representations greater than 48 (the cover and title page are excluded). It can consist of one volume or several, numbered or edited as part of a collection or series. According to Mikhailov, Chiornii and Guilariesvskii4, the generalizations of scientific knowledge that characterize books give them great importance, since they facilitate the investigation of the cardinal problems of any field of knowledge and constitute an incomparable means of education, teaching and culture. Books belong to the set of monographic publications and can also be included within traditional documents. In this context, monographic publications3 are defined as those that contain text, illustrations or both, in a directly readable form and are presented in full in a single volume or must be completed in a finite number of volumes (Reference adapted from ISBD (M)).

In general, they are called books. This class of documents also includes brochures, textbooks, manuals, monographs, theses, reports and reports whose definitions appear in Annex 1. The Latin American and Caribbean Information System in Health Sciences establishes a division of the documents different for the materials processed by LILACS5, however, it does not contradict in any way with that of this manual. Such categorization is the following: monographs, theses, dissertations, unconventional documents and conferences. It is necessary to clarify that although unconventional theses, dissertations and documents conform to the definition of monographs, they are part of a subset of them: in this case, manuscripts. Regarding reports and memories, their membership in periodical publications is established if their frequency is fixed.