A couple of weeks ago, there was a lot of talk in Italy about Finland for two reasons: It made a lot of fuss about the Finnish family leaving Sicily two months after moving there because of the poor quality of the education system compared to that in their home country. A national public TV … Continue reading Finland’s too perfect
The title of this blog is inspired by the famous song California Dreamin' even though this post is not about missing a sunny place. Instead, it concerns the myth of an actual nation where everything seems to be flawless. We always end up talking about Denmark when I have conversations with friends about what is … Continue reading Denmark Dreamin’
Visiting monuments or going to clubs?
In 2019, I posted about how I believed Italian schools needed to adapt, including the teaching style.History was one of the subjects I thought about. To cut a long story short, I hoped for a methodology that would focus on comprehending historical processes in order to understand the modern world rather than on the tedious … Continue reading Visiting monuments or going to clubs?
Can we afford this?
Last week, I visited St. Mark's Basilica in Venice at night. Needless to say, the magnificence of this church and the surrounding buildings is further amplified by the artificial lighting that pierces the darkness. The photos speak for themselves, and one could make a post out of them alone. I must confess, however, that as … Continue reading Can we afford this?
The End of History Was Fake News
"The End of History and the Last Man" is a 1992 book of political philosophy by American political scientist Francis Fukuyama which argues that with the ascendancy of Western liberal democracy—which occurred after the Cold War (1945–1991) and the dissolution of the Soviet Union (1991)—humanity has reached "not just … the passing of a particular … Continue reading The End of History Was Fake News
The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Socialism 2.0
Recently, I had the chance to talk with some friends about the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) promoted by the United Nations. Specifically, we focused on the society portrayed by these goals. The scope they cover is really huge. Despite the meaning of the acronym, the goals do not deal with environmental protection only. In … Continue reading The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Socialism 2.0
Preamble I took the opportunity of this post to play around with AI-driven automatic translation tools. Therefore, two different English versions of this blog are available. In summary, I followed this process: First, I wrote the post in EnglishThen I rewrote it in ItalianI automatically translated the Italian text into EnglishBefore publication, I reviewed both … Continue reading Workless Society
Never waste a good crisis.Winston Churchill Six months after the first official covid 19 case in Italy, this is how Venice looked like: Venice, October 2020, a few weeks before the Covid-19 second wave explosion It is weird and unsettling to see the famous Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) almost deserted, a place that … Continue reading Covid-19 Lessons
Living the Cozy, Comfortable Decline of Europe
How distant it seems the time when the Italian Renaissance maestros set the standards by which any artist would have been measured since then. When the French revolutionaries established the principles on which modern republics and liberal democracies are rooted. When the British built enduring physical and cultural infrastructures all over the lands of their … Continue reading Living the Cozy, Comfortable Decline of Europe
Saudade and Identity
Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade Portuguese is a language known for its intrinsic musicality (Important update: my friend Matteo pointed out to me that this it true for Brazilian variant only). When you listen to a person speaking … Continue reading Saudade and Identity