CONNECTING THE DOTS
Following the latest articles on the blog, in particular the “debate” stimulated by the questions of the boys of Grassi high school on the relationship between man and woman, I came back to mind a current and historical theme, that of rebellion..
In recent weeks on TV were broadcast images of protests and (violent…) clashes in France following the decision of the local government to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64 years and I wondered why such a noisy response to a “productive” (and dehumanizing) imposition was not “felt” even on this side of the Alps, so the story of the French Revolution came to mind, and of revolutions in general.
In the ‘500 Copernicus makes his own, and the world (well, the universe) will not be the same..
In the 1700s the French made their own, and the bourgeoisie was born..
A century later in England there is the industrial one, which will lead to protests about the working conditions of the workers, and trade unions are born..
Of ’68 you know a little’ everything (riots, repression, armed struggle, dead and wounded..) the ideologies collapse, political affiliations become so nuanced that you can almost not distinguish them, and only a few years later here comes the Computer Revolution and born…
Yeah, what happened next?
Well, somehow we are still in a bit all, but for sure the world, another time, is not the same: social networks are born and everything is bigger, or if you want smaller, closer and within reach or more distant and unreachable.
Depends on your perspective.
And so I like to report some questions posed by the very young Emma, representative of the Union of University Students of Padua at the opening of the Academic Year of her University, in front of Ministers, Rectors, Cardinals, Journalists (in short, Institutions) and many links online..
When did forming become to-form?
Since when are we seen and judged for what we do and produce and not for what we are and feel?
We want the right to Study and Mental Health: a right, not a privilege.
We want to be, not deserve.
As they say in Cambridge.. @tantaroba!
I was so passionate that I went to search the website of the Network of Middle and University Students and discovered a movement that has offices in most of the cities of Italy, organized and obstinate, spokesman for many initiatives for the rights of students.
On the UDU website (University Students Union), for example, you can read:
“… every year about 10,000 boys and girls adhere to an organizational model unprecedented in Italy: student unionism… is born from the recognition of the centrality of the student and his needs, of his being a social subject, and therefore independent of the family… is fighting daily in universities to create a system that guarantees the real right to study… ensuring that all students have a representative system capable of promoting democracy and student participation in every university, which guarantees free access to knowledge… is the ideal place if you want to be a part of the world you live in, if you want to have fun, if you want to be informed, if you want to feel committed”
On the one of the Higher Students instead I found this:
“… we are a network independent of parties, which fights daily to defend and implement the rights of students… representing an important place of shared processing… we are a student union: bargaining, representation and conflict are the watchwords that guide our daily action… we are against any discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, nationality, ideological and party affiliation… Anyone can join just be a high school student and share our values.”
I want to join ma.. What does it mean to be independent of parties?
Does having a thought about oneself and others necessarily mean belonging to something or participating in an ideology? Having values (and sharing them!) is or is not participation and… what?
It’s as if the nausea that certain political seasons have left, and still produce, had led the kids to rebel and move away until they became apolitical.. what does this word mean?
I mean, I wonder, but can it be?
In my opinion if one has a thought in some way is already political, then he may not recognize himself in that particular party, circle, representative etc. But an old slogan from the ’60s reminded us that the staff are political.
So I ask myself, and I ask the kids at G.B. Grassi High and not only that, but how do you connect all these dots?
What image (and voice!) could come out?
Can you do only in the network (ie on the Internet) or sometimes the network as well as join and support can also bridle and silence?
If rebelling is difficult, knowing how to rebel is the search for research, because well we are a stone’s throw from the Vatican but not one can always turn the other cheek, because when you turn your face ends up looking away…
In short, I can think of the phrase of an American poet
We were together, all the rest of the time I forgot…