The bleakest desolation comes from the fact that in the end, these flamboyant and ignorant characters are nothing less than what we are, they perfectly represent Italy and the Italians.

Political elections will soon take place. My decision for not voting for so many years was a choice and not lack of interest. However, this year there is something new. Although I haven’t voted in the past elections, I had still a little hope that someone else would prevail over someone else. Someone whom I didn’t like and I wouldn’t want to help being elected, yet someone I thought was less worse than the other. The news is that this year I cannot even see the best of the worst. The situation is bleak. There’s the usual clique of Berlusconi. We shouldn’t even talk about him, just his name should be enough to trigger a motion of reluctance and yet surprisingly there is still a high percentage of Italians willing to trust him.

Even in the ‘80s it was enough to take a look at him and listen to his drivel, and any human being with slightly higher IQ than a lizard would have run a mile and look Berlusconi is still here. As Salvini and Meloni join him, I think there’s no more to say. Then, there’s the 5 stars movement. Their only good trait is that they’re very “young” but, in record time, they not only are learning to be the "worst" they also have the presumption of being the best. And what about Di Maio? Just look at him, please. In choosing him as a candidate and head of the 5 stars movement, they have actually chosen which side to be. They have chosen to perpetuate the slimy brown-nosing of banks and multinationals. Last but not least, is our very own Mr Bean Renzi. Someone who thinks of himself as extremely cool and intelligent though in reality is only Di Maio’s “older brother” that is, just another bank clerk. I imagine many of you, though with different nuances, will at least partly agree to this. However, the bleakest desolation comes from the fact that in the end, these flamboyant and ignorant characters are nothing less than what we are, they perfectly represent Italy and the Italians.

To fight them and promote change, the only possibility I see is stop “feeding” them and therefore refraining to take part in anything that is part of their policy as well as to create day by day an alternative reality to theirs with small yet important actions. This means actions and not words, it means conscious choices. I do not care who you are or how many of you are ready to act and choose, but it is important to do it regardless of the outcome, if only to being able to say to yourselves: "I did my best and I will continue to do so".


 
 



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