Italy is such a wonderful place, full of culture, landscapes, smart and lively people and a great social life. For long centuries it was the cultural center of Europe, giving birth and growing heroes of the world’s inheritance.
Still it’s the best representation of contradiction I can think of. Maybe it’s because I’m Italian and, although living in the Netherlands for 5+ years, I still have a pretty tight connection with my mother land. And there are some things which I feel I need to post, at least because those are the main reasons why I don’t want to go back home now.
This is mostly a technical blog, so I will start with something somehow technical, which was the original reason for this post: as you might have heard already, seems that neutrinos have been recently discovered to be able to travel faster than the speed of light. This would have disruptive consequence’s on Einstein relativity theory and on other pillars of contemporary physics. But that’s another story and worth reading some expert’s blog post as well at the original paper
The point is another one: the original article is in from a international team involving many Italians, since the measurement of neutrinos speed was done from Geneve’s CERN to Italian Gran Sasso laboratories. And that’s when Italy is somehow involved in something big, that some character of the great persistent comedy troupe which is Italy comes into stage.
This time it was our “smart” Minister of Education, Mariastella Gelmini, came out with this press release (English Translation) on the official Minister website to actually congratulate with the scientists for their discovery, but especially to take credit for
“The construction of the tunnel between CERN and Gran Sasso Laboratories, through which the experiment took place, Italy has contributed a sum now estimated at around 45 million euros. “
Now, I’m not asking Ministries to be nuclear physicists (although I’d secretly dream of it), but at least to have a decent level of culture or realism not to imagine that that a 730km tunnel (yeah, that is the air distance between CERN and Gran Sasso) could have been build below Alps and Apennine Mountains.
I’m fed up of having to take account for the stupidity (yeah that’s the only good definition of it) of our Government and in general of the whole ruling class in Italy, since, when I finish working, it’s always about those childish, banana republic style, ignorant declarations that some random member of our Government does. No wonder why all my foreign friends sort of laugh at us for that.
I’ve never wanted to play the part of the “bitchy expat” that over-criticizes his country, but it seems at least we (expats) have a lower threshold of BS we are able to digest. So think it’s time to do something more substantial to actually try and wake up our country, that seems now asleep, almost indifferent to any type of attack to normal rules and democracy, completely powerless drugged by media.
Other Italian expat fellows seem to have been stroke by this, last, unbearable deprivation of the Italian culture.
And don’t get me wrong, I still like to remember all great things Italian culture did in history. People like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Cristoforo Colombo, Guglielmo Marconi, Enrico Fermi or periods like Renaissance or the same Roman Empire marked our cultures permanently.
That’s why I think we should get organized and do something, something very well designed and planned, using the weapons of internet and social networks to propose a wake up call for Italy and destabilize the current status quo. I am sure we can out smart them, they are basically organized old farts. Italy is a cash cow right now.
Just brainstorming here, but I am all in for any initiative any reader will suggest!
I’m all ears …