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The particle of Europe: the People

(CNN) — Scientists say they are almost certain they have proven the existence of the Higgs boson — a never-before-seen subatomic particle long thought to be a fundamental building block of the universe. Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider under the Alps are unveiling their latest results on the so-called “God particle” at an eagerly awaited seminar at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva, Switzerland. Experts say finding the elusive particle would rank as one of the top scientific achievements of the past 50 years.

Imagine the universe like a party. Relatively unknown guests at the party can pass quickly through the room unnoticed; more popular guests will attract groups of people (the Higgs bosons, or particle of God) who will then slow their movement through the room.

The speed of particles moving through the Higgs field works much in the same way. Certain particles will attract larger clusters of Higgs bosons — and the more Higgs bosons a particle attracts, the greater its mass will be.

What will make Europe’s political mass in the world finally rise? We need leaders capable of attracting the people, not passing politicians. But at the same time we need the people, the Higgs bosons of politics, capable of slowing down politicians, forcing them to listen. For example, listen to the fears, the needs and the aspirations of citizens.

Once they listen, politicians acquire mass, become leaders, and so will Europe.

That simple, that beautiful, that incredibly complicated.

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