Life’s too short NOT to be Italian | Ioanna Merope Ippiotis | TEDxCrocetta

Life’s too short NOT to be Italian | Ioanna Merope Ippiotis | TEDxCrocetta


Translator: Michele Gianella
Reviewer: Denise RQ I have a declaration to make. I’m in love. He’s complex, he’s corrupt,
he has money problems so he can’t get a loan to buy a house
or to begin a startup. He’s obsessed with bureaucracy, people say he treats
young people quite badly, and he’s a bit of a misogynist. But … … he’s beautiful; he shows me a good time
with very little money, he’s big on family, he loves food, and he’s got so much potential. His name … … is Italy! Sadly, most people seem
to think he looks like this. (Laughter) The problem is I really
do think he looks like this. (Laughter) Ladies and gentlemen, love is blind, but it’s also
in the eyes of the beholder, and no one ever said it was easy. One of the first things people ask me
when they meet me is, “So, you grew up
on a beautiful island in Greece, you studied in the prosperous land
that is the UK; so why Italy?” Let me just stress that my perspective is based
on personal experiences I’ve had in Turin in particular,
and in other cities in the UK. I’m speaking
as a university graduate in her 20s, and I am aware that I do have
the possibility to relocate if things get really bad. I’m not denying that all the classical problems
that everyone complains about, such as high unemployment,
confusing bureaucracy, crazy taxes don’t exist. At best, that would be naive of me, and at worst, you’d be telling me
to get off the stage. But as a foreigner, perhaps I see some of the positive sides
to Italy a little bit better because I make
a conscious choice to be here. So after asking me why Italy, the question I usually get after this is, “Come on, who is he,
the guy you came to Italy for?” When I tell them
actually I came here to work, the response I get is usually
a nice, little, polite smile, and then they go, “Houston, Houston, we’ve got
a nutter on our hands, evacuate!” (Laughter) That has actually happened. In the UK, many universities and schools tend to be very CV-and-career focused. So, my initial idea of coming to Italy was to start myself in the deep end, get my first work experience, show employers that I was adaptable,
and I had first-hand cultural knowledge. Little did I know back in 2004 though,
when I was choosing my languages, that we were going to have
this awful economic crisis on our hands. So there I was in 2010,
juggling these pigs around. Portugal was out of the question
because I don’t speak Portuguese. Greece – I didn’t want
to go to my own country: I wanted to share my cultural differences. Spain had awful unemployment. So I went with my gut feeling,
and I ask myself where I felt at home. And for me, the natural answer was Italy. It took me eight months
to find a job here, and during this time,
people kept on telling me, “It’s not about what you know,
it’s about who you know. So basically, you’ve got three options: either you start doing
this massive sucking up to people or you start praying really hard; but just do yourself a favor,
go back to the UK! I didn’t listen to them: I knew a lot of translators
who had been successful here and I thought once I start making contacts
I’ll get more opportunities. Networking is a skill,
and Italy can teach me that; which brings me on to a subject
of rather a lot of controversy here, and that is meritocracy. Funny thing is people in and outside Italy seem to think meritocracy is dead. I checked its heartbeat recently,
and I can confirm it is still living. My job at “La Stampa,”
the local national newspaper: I didn’t get it through recommendations
or through contacts, but through a very fair interview
and on the basis of my CV. Although I later finally found out that friends of friends
actually had been interviewed. But I’m not the only one: I have two friends who got
very important positions; one of them as a regional officer
for the Italian Internal Revenue Service, and another was accepted as a PhD student
at the Polytechnic University of Turin. I can guarantee you
– because I talked to them a lot – they did not get in
through recommendation, but through a lot of hard work,
tests, and with a lot of patience. Meritocracy must not translate into ignoring the importance
of networking, I think, and contacts, because often contacts know our worth
a lot more than a cold test does. For me, Italy is a land of opportunity. Italy didn’t just give me a job: it gave me the chance to enter
the world of journalism, to learn about writing,
dubbing, and interviewing. I even got the chance to share a few
of the great Massimo Gramellini’s secrets on his favorite birthday cake, and I also shared the euphoria
of millions of people around the world when Francis was elected Pope. But the most important thing for me
is that I feel incredibly privileged to be able to give Italy a voice
in the English-speaking world. When I told my friends that I was going to be attending
the TEDx talk today, and I told them what the subject
was going to be and that I would be speaking about Italy, the reaction I got was, “Learn? Maybe. Share? OK. But innovate? Innovation? Italy?
How does that go together?” The more a country
is lacking in something, the more space there is for creativity. Take queues for example: we hate them,
I know, here in Italy in particular. One Italian computer engineering student invented the Qurami application, – I don’t know if anyone’s heard of it – basically, it helps you get
an electronic ticket on your phone, and it saves hours of your time in queues. This is the kind of invention
that’s changing people’s lifestyles. So, Zuckerberg, I would watch
this space if I were you. For me, Turin is a great place to explore one’s talents
and to develop them; and it’s also one
of the few European cities that’s opened a cat cafe, Miagola café, for anyone who may have heard of it. The owners made such a success of it that even the BBC wrote
an article about it recently. As one of my favorite Spanish authors,
Cervantes, said, “Hunger is the best sauce
for innovation in the world.” For those of you who are thinking, “OK, creativity is all well and good, but give me a practical reason
for living in Italy.” Well, money actually, funnily enough. We are living in an economic crisis, I’m sure everyone’s noticed that, and my Italian lifestyle
is helping me save money. There’re usually for things that people my age
pay attention to expense-wise, and that’s transport, food,
going out, and rent. From my experience,
with an average wage of about 1,500 euros, a young person in Turin
can live to a far-higher– at least, a higher level
and standard of living than a young person
living in a British city about the same size as Turin,
population-wise, on the average British wage. Take rent, for example: in Leeds, which is one
of the city’s I’ve lived in, you’d be looking at paying
about 790 to 800 euros. In Turin, with 500 euros, you can live in the center
and have a place– but going out and having fun
is cheaper here; most places are free to get into
or at least to get a free drink, which you don’t really, back home. It’s not just about getting drunk here: there are so many venues. One of my favorites
are the ARCI cultural centers, where you can do far more
than just drinking. You can eat, you can dance,
you can watch theater shows, dance shows. And transport: forget the gym,
get on your bike. We’ve got wonderful weather here
most of the time, and if you have to get public transport, it is far cheaper here
and no less efficient. Seem like a ridiculous reason
to live in a country? (Laughter) Actually, it’s not, because health is related to eating, and to whom is health not important? One of the– but it’s not just– it’s also the cultural factor
about food that’s important, not just health. One of the things I like about Italy
is that here you sit down at lunchtime, you have a proper meal,
and you talk to people. In Britain, what I’ve seen often is that people, at lunchtime, will sit
in front of a computer, or the TV, with a cappuccino, a chocolate bar,
a sandwich, and a packet of crisps; and that’s their meal. Which probably explains why they have
the highest obesity rate in Europe, and why Italy actually
is below the OECD average. Italy also has one of the highest
life expectancies in the OECD, I don’t know about any of you guys, but if I can find any way to live longer, I’ll take it. Another thing I’ve noticed here
is that small retailers have survived, like grocers, butchers, bakers. These have been completely wiped out, or not completely,
but greatly wiped out in the UK because of the huge supermarket change that now sell 97% of Britain’s food. But the important thing
about these small retailers is that they are a glue for the community, they inspire important values like loyalty, friendship,
and communication. Speaking of communication,
Italy spaces inspire this. The Piazza is like a second home
for Italians, myself as well, and it’s a perfect symbol of sharing. Here, you can dance and sing with people, you can watch films with people, you can share the excitement
of a football victory, and you can demonstrate. I think Italians are
a perfect example to us all when it comes to family. The family, sadly, in many
Western parts of the world is dying. People are more and more
choosing to live on their own, and they’re losing access to these vital support networks
that the family offers. Eurostat found that 83% of Italians, when asked whether they knew someone
they could turn to in a time of need, said they knew someone. Only 43.9% of Brits said the same thing. The press bombards us with negative cold statistics
about Italy’s economic situation, but what it doesn’t do is talk about the amazing solidarity
which I think this crisis has inspired. Personally, I think,
Italians could teach us northerners a lesson or two about family
and support network, so then maybe we wouldn’t have
to go to psychologists so often. Also, the relationships
and social life we experience influence our relationships,
mental health, and our physical safety. The lack of employment in Italy
or the difficulty in finding employment may cause high levels
of depression and suicide, but living in societies that place too much of an emphasis
on money and success can be equally detrimental
to people’s health and relationships. I have two personal experiences
of people that are close to me. Both of them had incredibly
successful careers in the US: one of them worked
for Google and Goldman Sachs, and he had a triple stroke,
had to return to his country; an Italian friend worked
in the Silicon Valley for two years, he suffered a mental stress,
and he had to return home after a while. But also, the drinking culture here; for those of you who have been
to the UK, probably have seen it: is far healthier, I think, here in Italy. In Britain, we have a huge
drink-related and violence problem: I was attacked about four times
in the space of three years when I was a student in Manchester. Here in Turin, I’ve been here three years,
and I haven’t had any problems, and I honestly feel safe when I walk down the street
at one or two in the morning, alone. I talked about depression before. But how can anyone
get depressed in this city? Seriously, look where we live. In my opinion,
Turin is one of the best situated, if not the best situated city in Italy. We’re surrounded
by 400 kilometers of mountains, and in the center, we’ve got
this beautiful historical architecture which anyone can afford to live in. Last but not least, Italy has an incredibly vibrant
international community, and it’s becoming
increasingly multi-ethnic. Here in Turin, we have
international school languages, meet-ups which gives Italians and foreigners the chance to come together
and share experiences. Italy is far more open-minded
than it was back in the 90s, partly, I think, because of the second
generation of immigrants who are coming into Italian schools, but also the third
and fourth generations of Italians who are coming back to their origins. At “La Stampa” for example,
we get a lot of groups of kids, and you can see they’re all mixed: they are Africans, Asians,
South Americans, Italians, and they’re all
mixing together as friends. In my opinion, this is what learning,
sharing, and innovating is about. I recently saw an advert
for EXPO Milano 2015, and it quoted three defects
which Italians have: it’s said, they’re quick tempered,
disorganized, and lacking in composure. Maybe disorganized: but I can tell you,
us Brits aren’t perfect either. We’re not quiet and polite all the time; just try jumping the queue
or going on a night out there, and I think you’ll see what I mean. Last November, “The Economist” published
an article titled, “Pigs can fly,” which basically talked
about how southern Europeans often go to the UK to find work, but they don’t plan
to stay there permanently because the pull of family,
the awful weather, and the high day-to-day costs are just too much;
it pulls them back home. I don’t know any British person; a friend of mine
who would return to the UK having made a conscious decision
to be in Italy. A place is what you make of it, and here I would like to end with a quote by the great American poet Jack Hirschman, who I had the privilege
of interviewing recently. When I asked him what he thought
about Italians and Italy, what he said to me was, “When I think of Italy, a certain weeping comes to my eyes. Not because I’m sad,
but because I’m singing.” Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Life’s too short NOT to be Italian | Ioanna Merope Ippiotis | TEDxCrocetta”

  1. few years ago in a northen uk town the council gave an ASBO (anti social behaviour order ) to a CAT !!! they said the cat was threatening the neighbors….

  2. when she started to say he's complex,corrupted I did suspect the subject but i wasn't sure because in italian language Italy is a lady,belongs to female genre..we say she is…:-)

  3. What is this jerky woman talking about- Italian men are almost always voted best looking in the world in many polls and Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in existence full of priceless artwork- Actually, I can't listen to this moron; she is obnoxious !

  4. Tu ami l'Italia? Signora Merope, lasciatelo dire, sei cogliona, idiota e deficiente proprio quelle donne che vogliono restare con i loro mariti che le picchiano sempre e comunque credendo di poterli cambiare con la forza dell'amore.

  5. Thank you so much for this! I'm an Italian that loves and lives in Germany and that, because of that, appreciates Italy even more.

  6. Well, I mean, you know, I'm happy someone finds Italy so great but let's say the situation is just a bit worse than what you show here ':3
    Nice video anyway, definitely sending it to some American friends

  7. Mi è piaciuto molto! grandissima questa ragazza, a vent'anni essere venuta a trovare lavoro in italia, iniziare una nuova vita e farcela è un esempio per tutti! mi ha infuso un po' di gioia 🙂

  8. Si parla della "buccia" di un paese marcio dentro. L'Italia vive una situazione complessa, al sud si vive una quotidianità totalmente diversa da quella del nord, tanto per iniziare, e purtroppo é una situazione che peggiora sempre di più.

  9. Tutti sti italiani che scrivono dicendo quanto l'Italia faccia schifo e poi non fanno un cazzo per cambiare sono l'assoluta rovina del nostro paese

  10. 13:32 This is a point that a lot of Italians underrates!
    Sulle relazioni e sulla vita sociale gli italiani hanno qualcosa di speciale!

  11. L'Italia non è Torino!
    Di cosa sta parlando questa? Tutti questi stranieri che idealizzano un paese asservito all'Europa e morto!

  12. lol, you are simply amazed that italy is not as you thought! And they invited you to speak there? Italy and Innovation? We invented almost everything my dear, tanto per cominciare la civiltà e te lo dico in Italiano.

  13. I mena, if you have stated in the uk or in any other country like Denmark, you would know that recommendation is living and thriving there too, they even recognise it and argues, why should they hire a stranger when they can hire a friend..

  14. lucky you who can go to Italy and be praised just because you are foreigners and you know, Italian managers are so dumb that they put more value on foreigners than people of their own origins. the destiny of an Italian person is just to leave their country.

  15. I guess one of the reasons you found job easily is (beside your education background) about your amazing english pronounce and knowledge.. Trust me, if we all have the same feelings perhaps is right! I would do anything just to go back abroad!

  16. So my question to this young lady is, how much of Italy have you actually seen, besides Torino? It is undisputed that Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe and in the world perhaps. It is an outdoor museum, it doesn't get better than that! But it is Anarchy and it holds on by a thread. Per quelli che non condividono la Mia opinion, totally fine , dopotutto ognuno a il dirittio alla propria opinione, intanto questa ragazza parla come se Torino è rappresentativo di tutta l'Italia, ed è qui che si sbaglia di grosso. Turin is one city, Italy is an entire county filled with cities very different than Turin. I think your vision is hardly objective. I'm Italian Canadian of Sicilian origin. Come visit the south sometime pls, you will quickly realize, non brilla tutto ciò che luce! And Sicily is by far, one of the most beautiful and enchanting places Italy has to offer!!

  17. Mi scalda il cuore vedere una ragazza straniera parlare così bene del'Italia, MA, bisogna chiarire alcune cose.
    Uno, Torino è une delle città "bene". Bisognerebbe scendere sotto Bologna e vedere se il discorso tiene. Un esempio è quello della bici: la ragazza dice che si può andare tranquillamente, perchè c'è bel tempo. Ma dove ci vai senza piste ciclabili decenti?Le recenti morti hanno confermato che andare in bici in Italia non è una grande idea.
    Due, a livello di alloggio l'Italia è un disastro per i proprietari. Presumendo che lei sia in affitto (la cosa più probabile, perchè ha parlato di ricollocamento), non sperimenta le tasse assurde sulle case (a parte l'IMU (o qualsiasi tassa corrispondente, ho perso il conto), ci sono per esempio le tasse sui cancelli. Io per avere un cancello, per entrare a casa mia, devo pagare una tassa).
    Stessa cosa per gli aiuti alle famiglia, o la sanità che funziona solo sulla carta (due cose che presumo, e spero per la seconda, lei non abbia avuto gran modo di sperimentare).
    Potrei continuare ma credo che il punto sia chiaro.
    Ora, la ragazza parla con cognizione di causa. Lavora in un giornale quindi (si presume) che conosca la situazione politica disastrosa che abbiamo, vive qui e non si limita al "l'Italia è bella perchè c'è la pizza". Mi piace come ragiona, ma dovrebbe rendersi conto che quando all'Italia ci sei legato, nel senso che per un motivo o per l'altro non hai la possibilità di "andartene, se le cose vanno male", la situazione diventa pesante. Vivere in Italia da studente o giovane lavoratore non è impossibile, anzi, ma quando cerchi di crearti una famiglia e di stabilirti per sempre qui, inizi a vedere l'altra faccia della medaglia.
    Detto questo, ammiro la ragazza, perchè sembra una persona competente e perchè ci vuole coraggio a fare quello che fa. Ma diciamo che , nonostante mi abbia fatto sorridere, non è riuscita a reinstillare in me la fiducia in un Paese che sembra remare contro qualunque possibilità di cambiamento vero (e no cambiamento stile Referendum constituzionale).

  18. I literally loved that talk! There should be more people like you here in Italy! Everyone thinks Italy is in a deep crisis (well, that's actually true XD) and that there is no hope here. We live sorrounded by a bouble of depression and negative thoughts, and that's going to make our situation always worse. I don't think we don't have chances, work, future… I won't emigrate, I am going to graduate and work here. I will try to make our beatiful country better for everyone, 'cause Italy can be better that what we think. Italy IS better!

  19. Va beh…mi sembra scontato, e per fortuna non vivo nel US, ma in Canada. Intanto, tutte le città Italiane, non sono come Torino. Da lontano poi..sentire che la disoccupazione giovanile è altissima tale da causare suicidi dai giovani, mi concederete: altro che Torino! La Mia non era critica, ma simplicemente osservazione, tutto qui!

  20. Awww, it melts me when i hear a foreigner saying good stuff about my country. My mother is not italian and se would like to go to America because life here is not that cool but i actually don't want to leave my country like a coward. i want to be part of the people who will bring her back from poverty.

  21. She doesn't seem to even grasp the concept of foreigner privilege (which may be sector-specific, but is most certainly there) and the fact that her own experiences are vaaaaastly different from those of an average Italian student. Also well done on her 3 generalised datapoints regarding meritocracy (that did not even come from Italians)? I think this girl needs to get more Italian friends who were not able to afford university, it can really become blinding to live in the post-academic social bubble.

  22. Turin is NOT Italy, sorry.
    And lucky you, I honestly don't feel safe walking in the streets at 2am in a big city…

  23. ok i got to 4:40 because it is really Boring but i Have One thing to say, Italy is not a man but is a WOMAN so please call her a she not a he. it is really weird as an italian to hear talking about Italy as man.

  24. Ti ringrazio. Perché mi hai fatta piangere più e più volte. Amare questo paese non è sempre la cosa più facile… ma le tue parole sono state così belle! È quello che vorrei urlare ad altri italiani e svegliarli e restituire loro il buonumore.

    I sincerely thank you. That was the best declaration of love.

  25. In Italia ad anni è in atto una lavaggio di cervello che impone il pessimismo. Noi, sia come popolo che come Stato siamo per moltissime cose tra i migliori. RICORDIAMOCELO un pò più spesso! 😉

  26. what a nice fairy tale she's telling. I'n just disappointed that there were no unicorns, Otherwise, it would have been perfect.

  27. Turin is far from being good representation of Italy my dear, it's an island of happiness and success within the rest of the collapsing country, the crisis hit much less hard than elsewhere, and rent/cost of life has always been the cheapest among the industrialized areas of Italy. Comparing costs of living in Turin and Milan is like comparing Berlin to London. This video should be titled "life is too short to spend even just a minute in Italy, unless it's Turin"

  28. che poi la cosa della bicicletta… bella la bicicletta a torino, provala a ROMA con i 7 colli e il traffico infernale lol

  29. I'm Italian but I used to live in England and let me tell you, it's not us, we're not good guys, at all. It's just that YOU english are the worst, sociopathic, hysterical, and egoist people in the universe.

  30. Her accent sounds quite posh which leads me to believe she's privileged and that's why her experience has been so good. First of all the fact that she's an EU citizen affords her the opportunity to move to Italy. I'm not sure who her demographic here is supposed to be. Surely we can't all move to Italy and have a great life.

  31. Sono stato a vivere in UK per un anno, e SOLO ALLORA ho capito perchè tutto il mondo è così innamorato dell'Italia… Come molti italiani prima di partire pensavo male dell'Italia e immaginavo l'Inghilterra come questo posto perfetto… Inutile dire che mi sono completamente ricreduto… Poi ogni paese ha i suoi pregi e difetti!!!

  32. Bravissimo!

    Sou brasileira e estudo desde a adolescência a possibilidade de viver na Itália através do trabalho.
    Tenho alguma descendência longínqua de italianos na família. Adoro a cultura e costumes, leio e vejo muito a respeito, cada vez mais me apaixono. Obrigada pelo vídeo.

    Grazie Mille a te

  33. Thank you very much! I agree with you. It's not easy here but solidarity, flexibility and sharing good things or bad things in Life and work makes me stay in Italy and feel at home, as you.

  34. You lost me right out of the gate… I can't wrap my head around Italy as a masculine concept, nor do Gollum and Brad Pitt seem appropriate as visual representatives of the country. The little game you're trying to play with the analogy is limping over the finish line because of these discrepancies. I appreciate the spirit of what you're doing, but you've got to think of these things.

  35. Italy's definitely best country to live for many aspects in Europe. Soon or later, after my international experience, I'll go back there.

  36. italy is a beautiful country, sadly ruled by the wrong people as we say in italy " dare le perle ai porci" literally: "give pearls to pigs" ahahaa

  37. I don't care about what people say about my country, it's only words. You will encouter difficulties everywhere. I have been living abroad for 4 years now and I am going to leave a secure job and a good salary because I want to live where I was born, no matter what. I want to be happy, not rich. Will it be difficult? Maybe. But living with the endless feeling of not belonging is not easy either.

  38. E se deve arrivare una straniera per dire che il nostro è un bel Paese, vuol dire che abbiamo qualche problema nella nostra testa e nei nostri occhi.

  39. L' "Italia" é in qualsiasi posto si vada… la differenza é che in altri paesi sono piu furbi di noi….

  40. ma questa mi pare di averla conosciuta a Torino. Quanto al discorso, si è dimenticata di togliersi gli occhiali rosa.

  41. In spite of the posh accent, she said a bunch of true things and of course Italy can be an amazing country. However, the aspects that make us amazing still fall in in trite stereotypes: awesome food, cheap places (sure compared with the UK), free entertainment, art (what kind of art? and how is it preserved?), sea, eating together and so on. This is more or less how foreign countries see Italy. What about something else? What about jobs and meritocracy? Sure, they are both present, and of course some people get them without recommendations (those people usually have a pricy UK or USA degree), but I'm not sure that few examples can be indicative of a rule rather than an exception.

  42. Da piccolo pensavo che me ne sarei andato via dall'italia magari per andare in australia o negli stati uniti, poi sono cresciuto e ho capito di avere la fortuna di vivere in uno dei posti più belli al mondo con una tra le culture più belle al mondo e con dei cibi fantastici cosi ho deciso che resterò e farò il possibile per rendere grande la mia nazione e l'unione europea. Se non sono gli italiani a far crescere l'italia chi?

  43. Ce l'ho lo stesso , ma esatto lo stesso pensiero (stesso opinione) come quella ragazza Ioanna. Ho vissuto in Italia per 6 mesi e ho lo stesso sentimento. Sono Serbo.

  44. Quello che gli italiani non capiscono è che i difetti che loro vedono sono congeniti a tutto il mondo occidentale. Non è l'Italia ad essere marcia, è l'Italia assieme al cosidetto "Primo Mondo" a vivere una forte crisi dovuta ad un capitalismo ormai imperante. Al Sud non c'è lavoro? C'è la Mafia? Ma pensate che nelle periferie francesi, nelle cittadini inglesi ecc… non esistano gli stessi problemi? Chiunque ha gli occhi per vedere sa che non è una questione solo nostra, l'Isis recluta tra i disagiati in Francia e in Inghilterra con gli stessi metodi usati dalla mafia nel nostro paese; sei in difficoltà, ti aiuto io perché lo stato è assente e tu poi mi farai dei favori. Le aziende se ne vanno dal nostro paese perché non è conveniente, ma non lo è perché fortunatamente abbiamo dei diritti. In Cina, Messico, Est Europa il costo di un dipendente di basso livello è ridicolo e quindi le aziende lì vanno a produrre. Lo stesso vale per alcuni lavori umili di casa nostra. Lavorare a nero per pochi euro l'ora senza diritti, senza assicurazione, per 10-12 ore al giorno, non è un modo giusto di fare le cose. L'Italiano che può scegliere fa bene a non arricchire certi sfruttatori, purtroppo gli immigrati ed alcune famiglie italiani sono in condizioni tali da doversi rendere schiavi. Gli stessi problemi li vivono gli altri paesi, spesso siamo noi stessi che emigriamo e diventiamo manodopera a basso costo. Più o meno tanti ragazzi italiani vanno a Londra a fare lavori ingrati e per una paga ridicola. Quindi non è un problema solo nostro ed è il mondo globalizzato ad essere fortement in crisi.

    In tutto questo io credo che l'Italia abbia in sé dei valori capaci di contrastare il sistema dall'interno, infatti subisce attacchi ogni singolo giorno e dall'alto stanno facendo in modo che i valori anglosassoni sulla produzione e sul successo subentrino a quelli latini e mediterranei. Abbiamo un grandissimo senso sociale, per il nostro stato tutti i cittadini devono avere cultura, sanità, diritti, lavoro e tutti devono vivere con dignità. Dal 2008 a oggi purtroppo tutti questi valori sono costantemente attaccati. Con la scusa della crisi e del nostro essere inadeguati agli standard di produzione occidentali, si è ucciso il sistema scolastico sin dalle elementari si è reso il mondo del lavoro più flessibile togliendo molte tutele, si è resa la sanità meno pubblica, si è cercato di far diventare tutto una copia sbiadita degli Stati Uniti o del Regno Unito. Anche sul cibo sono state fatte delle aperture ridicole.

    Vogliamo veramente diventare una società votata al "Produrre" votata ad una lotta continua con l'altro per scalare gradini su gradini? Che vita è questa? Una vita in cui quando non sei più utile vieni buttato via, in cui dormi sempre vestito e con gli occhi aperti perché c'è sempre qualcuno pronto a spodestarti, che vita è? Vogliamo vivere così? L'Italia è un baluardo in questo senso, la nostra cultura è votata alla Bellezza, all'Accoglienza, alla Solidarietà, alla Famiglia e non al "vivere per il successo lavorativo". Ci sono dei problemi, in linea con gli altri paesi del mondo, ma non dobbiamo pensare che si risolvano allineandoci a chi il problema l'ha creato. La crisi non è nata dall'Italia, la crisi è nata nei salotti buoni del capitalismo che si trovano proprio nei paesi che ci comandano e che cerchiamo di imitare. La Grecia è morta, il Portogallo e la Spagna sono in fin di vita, noi camminiamo su di un filo sottile ma i nostri valori ci stanno sostenendo. Ripartiamo da quelli e ricordiamoci che la crisi non verrà mai superata a meno che i paesi mediterranei non riescano ad unirsi e a cambiare lo stato delle cose. Se si pensa di risollevarci seguendo ciò che i mercati chiedono allora non faremo altro che peggiorare sia la nostra vita che la nostra società.

  45. unluckly turin is not italy, but at the same time the eurostat and ocse stats are pretty much representative for all the country

  46. Almost felt like it ended abrubtly. I would have loved to hear more. Especially because i know a person who came back from Italy and narrated the same.

  47. Are we talking about the same Country ? Italians are masters to flatter young lovely women, nevertheless, you are so fit, I really fancy you Ioanna !

  48. Grazie. Grazie di cuore per le tue parole. Valgono più di quanto faccia qualsiasi politico o “Presidente della Repubblica”. Grazie.

  49. Quite funny considering that I've moved to Greece to work and she moved to Italy to live.

    Meh, Torino is not Italy, I mean, try to enjoy living in placed where the youth unemployment is across 40%. Let's see after trying to live in Southern Italy or Sardinia.

  50. La verità è che noi italiani siamo indeboliti dagli stereotipi che circolano su di noi e che contribuiamo ad alimentare. Il Nord Italia oggi funziona in realtà anche meglio del Regno Unito e questa ragazza ha solo evitato di farsi sommergere dagli stereotipi anti italiani. Dobbiamo riflettere sul fatto che abbiano cercato di dissuaderla dal lavorare a Torino e non a Cosenza !
    È devastante la disinformazione che gli anglofoni fanno circolare: l Italia è per esempio il 5 paese al mondo per surplus commerciale mentre gli inglesi non hanno nemmeno surplus ma debito commerciale ed il terzo in Europa per numero di brevetti presentati negli ultimi anni , ma non si sa perché quando pensano di noi questi tizi ci vedono come un luogo chiuso e anti economico . La rappresentazione dell Italia nel mondo è spesso fuorviante e sembra che si basi sulla realtà della Campania o della Sicilia e non su una visione più completa del nostro paese .

  51. Il problema e' che l'Italia non e' solamente Roma e in su. Non dobbiamo negare i problemi del Mezzogiorno che al Nord non si trovano oppure non sono problemi gravi. Temo che molti del Sud direbbero che niente e' cambiato e che sono stati ignorati dallo Stato.

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