I have been having difficulty learning the rules of the game since I have returned to the US. Raffaella is so happy here that it is not appropriate to discuss my feelings. I have been extremely disappointed since I returned. Everything I remember, everything that made me, myself is no longer here. Everything is sooooo…. superficial. A simple example, today you can buy an advertisement that will play on the SuperBowl.
How stupid have we become? It is an advertisement, they want to sell us something, are we going to pay to see it. Well I guess we already do, we buy cable programs and not only do we pay 50$ a month but we also have to submit to 7 minutes of programming and 5 minutes of advertising. I will not go into the numbnuts in the political sphere including the comedians who are supposed to help us see the world for what it is through satire who have been corrupted by their own opinions.
Italy is a great place to visit and a great place to live. Taxes are high (taxes are less than the US), it is difficult to find a good job (unemployment is about 9% but if you are willing to work at the conditions of Walmart or Target you can find a job all day long in black), governmental employees (Eliotte Spitzer among others) use their position to advance their career, JUST LIKE THE STATES, and yet it is a marvelous place to live. You can still find quality, things made to last years, it is not that they are better, simply 2000 years of culture have helped to learn that it is not just “What have you done for me lately?” but that today is such a short period in the scheme of things.
America has been great because the individual has the opportunity to break out of the social class to which he was born. My perception of today in the US is that we no longer appreciate our freedom, our privacy, our individualism. We allow politicians to shout without making reasonable arguments, we allow private corporations to control every aspect of our life, we allow the government to arrest individuals because they are unwilling to show identification (you know the good ole boy standing on the side of the road, not terrorist, not anything just a good ole farm boy). We are more than this, it is not the President or the political parties, they are all corrupt, as in every corner of the world but we as individuals no longer value what makes us great, that is our individualism and our understanding that my right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins.
I apologize for the rant.