By Joern Fischer
Southern Transylvania is a place of immense biodiversity, immense potential, and immense problems. Whose responsibility is it to fix these problems, or contribute to their resolution?
The semi-subsistence farmers, whose kids are leaving for the larger towns?
New private farmers, who run medium-sized enterprises?
The old who survive on government pensions?
The few Saxons who are left?
The Roma, who are numerous but born into a world that limits what they can be?
The Hungarian minority, because they have not lost their traditional culture and have strong social capital?
The Romanian majority, who is pursuing a Western European lifestyle?
The Romanian government?
The international community, perhaps the EU?
In a connected and global world, none of us are without responsibility. But our power to cause change and self-direct our lives is radically different. So simply: extra responsibility comes with extra privilege. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to go through the above list and figure out who’s privileged and who’s not.