We’re living in a time-travel paradox, it looks like something is gone really wrong and there’s no solution at hand to save the day. Confused? Don’t worry, this is Italy – the land where logic doesn’t exists – we can turn reality upside down and make a living upon it.
What I’m talking about? The paradox is everywhere. People who still think about themselves and their own business like they’re stuck in a never-existed 1953, all the time connected to the latest smartphone model and always looking for the next hi-tech gadget to buy.
It’s about a country that put away the word “future” from its language, a place where innovation and research are downplayed, a 60 million strong population that became more and more detached from its own culture and history. Once again, welcome to Italy.
Only in my country you may find a family oriented version of capitalism where the only merit for business owners is to be sons or nephews of the founders – with the final result of a slow decaying for firms that were once among the best in the world. Their only target is to make money now, with no tought attached to concepts like investments, research, marketing and product evolution.
No surprise to see that we’re running down the hill of every international chart, that we get no respect at all out of our borders or that we’re slowly being colonized from foreign investors. You see, it’s the paradox at work. For those who are stuck in it, we’re in 1953. The only perceived difference is the television, no more in black-and-white and with hundreds of available stations.
Our best talents are going away with one-way tickets, corporate headhunters are picking up the few good managers we have to export their talents; that leave us in a crime-ridden swamp, the collective direction is to become another failed state. Forgive me for this rant if you can, it’s not always easy to be an optimist here.