To divide the world, with the excuse of the crisis or in the name of religion or to protect an identity. The Third Millennium has begun with the worst omens and we worry for everything we see. Walls, not only metaphorically, are rebuilt, as if the last century conquests have been forgotten. In Europe the stances against migrants increase, in order to reject them, abandon them to their own destiny, as if the West’s inability to take care of them were their fault. In America a multimillionaire makes of eradication of hospitality and immigration policies his strong suit for Presidential election, while racial conflicts explode in a more evident way. In Africa there are brutally killed those who do not profess a religion, activating violence and trying to amplify other people’s pain in order to feed the source of fundamentalism. On the other side of the world the total absence of democracy is in force and it anesthetizes minds suppressing with blood every possible “deviation”.
The concepts of solidarity, mutual assistance, belonging to humankind are gone. They are found only on the occasion of ample natural disasters, where, maybe for a heritage that luckily has not disappeared yet, we stretching an arm towards those who are suffering is the only way to avoid human self destruction. Paradoxically we remember that only when Earth sends signals we cannot avoid: earthquakes, floods, hurricanes. Thus the human being becomes aware of his lowness, his strength’s emptiness and in a display of humanity recognizes himself in other people, leaving aside skin color or religion.
Because of the occasional nature of these events, everything is relegated to some days of attention, leaving the general political system unchanged. The latter is fed by a great misunderstanding: in a period of global economic difficulty, every little resource destined to somebody who is not our compatriot seems wasted, thrown away. But those money, also when they are saved, would not have any repercussions on our public deficit, not even as a percentage. Firing at the weak we avoid to focus attention on the total incompetence of public management; because if it is true that a migrant affects public money, that would not do so if accounts were done properly, if inoccupation were at the minimum level, if tax collection were fair. These parameters are not optimal, it is strange that we notice that a cake has spoiled when we decide to remove some crumbs. What could be better than a furious contrast to distract public opinion?
Yet, even though severe for current events, the real problem is not the small inner political balance of different countries. If we continue to live this way, closing to the other, every country will remain in its position, pushing the others to do the same; every spark will provoke a fire, with war as the only solution to the quarrels between worlds that do not speak one with another. We have already gone through it, we have caused millions of deaths and we have been on the brink of self-destruction. How can we not see that we are repeating the same mistakes over again?
Translated by Ecaterina Severin