by Giorgio Scichilone
Perhaps earth is the hell of another planet. Aldous Huxley expressed so, and it doesn’t care to know about what and in what year. The sentence remains intact and effective, unfortunately good for every historical moment and for several situations. The earth in which we live appears us the negative and suffering reverse of a better world, that doesn’t exist not because a fatal destiny has put an irreversible decree, but because we have done it in this way. Every day. Always. In a movie of some time ago sit in the 17th century, a prelate wrote to the Holy See from a remote mission to describe the conditions of the Indians and the inhuman atrocities that the Christian west caused to those populations. An extermination. To whose observed that world keeps on going like this, he answered bitter that we are the ones making the world goes this way. The laws of the political nature of the domination are the perpetual table on which has been set a tradition that appears us the only possible. Tucidide remembers it in the dialogue among dominators and dominated. The first tell to the second that they must subjugate them because the world goes in this way. The test? To inverted parts, the other ones would also do equally. Surely it is true, and however it is an irresistible matter. In this way earth becomes hell, where we are precluded from the possibility of a civil cohabitation between individuals and people, and latent conflicts produce a pressure and impacts that divide the nations. To consider the contrary, to desire different conditions and alternative runs is listed as utopian thought. That is smaller and irrelevant. If not superficial and impolitic. However if we try to put us in that other planet that doesn’t exist and we look at the earth what we see? It have told us the astronauts. A wonderful world of oceans and land mass. No border. Borders don’t exist in nature. The world becomes as we choose. We build walls. Walls to prevent that men and people can go freely for the earth to the search of well-being, if not of happiness. This was, after all, the dream of the New World. Walls to be defended at any cost and in merciless way. Who runs away from wars, epidemics, catastrophes, or simply from conditions where the access to the water and the education is impossible, comes against a brick wall. So often earth turns him into hell. With barbed wire and guns to guard. The Mediterranean, as we see every day, is a sea that daily buries individuals that desire only to have the dignity to live. If we tried to imagine what can push a mother to give their own children to strangers for an uncertain and dark trip, the juridical categories that are created for distinguishing who has the right to be saved and who has the punishment to be allowed to die in the middle of the sea or “at their home” they would immediately result absurd, as well as ridiculous. Earth has become hell because hell are the others, as Sartre has written (l’enfer, c’est les autres).
To the ideology of the wall it is necessary to propose that of the bridge. In a time where we are united by the same destiny, it becomes urgent to explore other possibilities to keep from believing that borders are the only possible devices to maintain an equilibrium between people. Also because the division created is unfair, and we don’t know how long sustainable. Bridges can allow mutual knowledge and exchange. Dialogue and the respect. In a word, the civilization. And if this can seem utopian, that is superficial and impolitic, we forget that before the city existed the desert and the horde, the jungle and the flock. The bridge could overthrow the image of Huxley and that planet of which earth is the hell it could not exist anymore, because earth will have become that planet that tries to eliminate injustices and sufferings. And that it is not afraid of the other.