It’s all about culture. The way we speak, the dinner you had, every text you read, your mobile, the travels you enjoy… in everything we do there is a cultural meaning, the sum of those is your contribution to the definition of modern culture in the country you live in.
On another level, you own family education was of course based on culture and what you got from school (no matter the level) was a massive injection of culture in your brain. Public media as television are a form of culture (sometimes at a good level, just think about BBC’s best efforts).
Culture is not natural. It comes up from humankind thru the ages, it’s a part of our heritage and a bridge to our collective future. We got artist of all kind, writers and performers, musicians and comedians, film makers and poets. By the way, an interesting number of people lives on this peculiar field.
In a country like Italy we are surrounded by history. We should be knee-deep immersed into culture, we should know by heart that every single stone around here could speak volumes about thousands of years ago. But it’s not true. Not now, not in the last five decades. You see, the problem is that an acculturated man or woman find himself/herself able to think in an independent way.
Independent thinking is something disturbing for who like to control people. It’s something that could be spread without warning, it could be dangerous, it could lead to discuss the everlasting circle produce-buy-die that works so well in our little country. How could you stop culture? It’s easy, you cut the money. No funds, no results. That’s the it works in the economy, isn’t it?
Then you can denigrate culture, using its lower level (public media) to spread the word against the upper level. Two generations of politicians who tell with pride “I’ve never read a book in my life” are a strong message; two generations of corrupted managers, university teachers, public officers and such took care of everything else. As a result we’re closing theaters, museums, public libraries… and we are at the lower places in the european chart for reading, for math, for all the scientific fields.
This is the perfect paradox: we’re the richest country in the world when it come to culture, we’re unable to use this wealth to improve our nation. Once again, welcome to Italy.
Meanwhile in England… look here.