A Chinese proverb of 645 B.C., says:
If you are planning for a year, sow rice;
if you are planning for a decade, plant trees;
if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people.
What a beautiful word, (to) educate: to draw out. To bring out the good inclinations of the human soul to the detriment of the brutality of the animal nature.
In a state of law, the school takes charge of education, leading out the talent and the good inclinations of everyone.
I was lucky enough to meet many qualified and passionate teachers, firstly my parents, but there is one that deserves a special mention, my school teacher.
G. V. was my Italian teacher during high school: he’s the man who passed on his ability to grasp the nuances in the language chosen by an author, helping me to understand, not only the text but the universe from which it derived.
I wonder for how many G. V. there is room in the new school.
I think that succeeding in using the strength of words to try and activate the education machine is fundamental.
The term that I appreciate less is, undoubtedly, conspiracy of silence because it betrays all the other words and prevents them from being created. Vice versa, I think the best word is empathy, which does not mean to stand by someone, to side with him/her. Empathy means to carry our fellow human beings’ heart in our own chest.
In order to empower people and give them the important tools which rightly belong to them, it is important to contribute, to share opinions and be open to new ones.
The right to life, the right to expression. The right to work, to health care and to education, to a family.
In 2008, Tullio De Mauro reports that, according to two comparative surveys carried out between 1999 and 2005, only 20% of adult Italians is able to compose and understand a text of medium complexity.
It is an embarrassing percentage if we think of how many people, for example, have access to the web: we have the means but only a small part of us is able to encode and decode the message.
The dynamics that govern social networks highlight how the lack of interaction and the desire for “consensus at all costs” have brought out phenomena like the hashtags aimed at levelling the expressive possibilities.
I do not think that an instrument is, by definition, negative, but I will just say that using a tool we are not very familiar with can be dangerous.
The lack of exercise needed to formulate an original and personal opinion limits the imagination and consequently the curiosity disappears, damaging the ability to understand the Other.
How many times have you witnessed an overlapping of monologues rather than a dialogue?
We believe we are the centre of everything where the everything is limited to our account and a timeline of news selected by ourselves.
Can we really stand out or we just think we do while falling into the homologation trap because now everything is programmed as in Matrix?
Antigone represents an opportunity to clarify, discuss, explain and understand.
We must surrender and get used to the real power of words in order to turn their strength into something positive and to take advantage of their appeal so that we shall still be able to save ourselves from the poverty of spirit and intellectual dishonesty.
“We must rebel before it’s too late, before we get used to their faces, before we go completely blind!”
By Cristina Monasteri
Original post in Italian here
Translated by: Claudia Tanzi
Proofreader: Claudia Rapparelli