'Weird News from the borders of the Western Empire'
a Virtual Pamphlet by Sir M. Crown
A common stereotype about italians is that we like to joke and don't take life too seriously. Whether this is true or not, there's definitly one thing that italians always take quite seriously: food.
Hence Italy has been the ideal candidate for the EXPO 2015, with theme 'feed the planet', that in now taking place in Milan (Lombardy, Northern Italy).
Hundreds of Countries have built their pavilions at the Expo Center, filling them with their typical foods and proposals to share about sustainable food.
Hundred thousands of people from many different Countries are besieging Milan for food.
Meanwhile, many other people are besieging the island of Lampedusa (Sicily, Southern Italy) for food too, but their stories are very different from those of the ones who arrive by train, plane or car at the Expo.
They are emigrants from the 'wrong side of the Planet', who escape from famine, war, instability and death... final products of centuries of colonialism and exploitation, whose main responsibles, some of the great Nations of United Europe, are the same that have abandoned them with their desperation, and have abandoned Italy, left almost alone to help and welcome these people.
What U.E. is teaching to its citizens is that we are united when we talk about rules and sanctions, but when the World knocks… every Nation on its way!
This behaviour shows blindness toward the past, because Countries don't want to pay for their responsabilities, and miopy toward the future, because U.E. can't live like there is no other in the World.
Milan and Lampedusa are about 1832 km far from each other, and this is a great distance, at least for the small Europe, though not for my Country that, as you may notice, is long and narrow, exactly like some human mind.
I just hope that someone between those who rule and decide, will soon understand that, when the first tile of the Domino falls, the others will soon follow, no matter how far... even if you close your eyes.