For those great men, there are many people loving Italy still nowadays, for its wonderful patrimony of Art and natural Beauty. I'm sure of that, I'm among those many. I deeply love Italy. But it is like loving a brainless, shallow, beautiful woman. You get bored after the first moment of overwhelming passion.
Sadly, there are people who say they don't want to join the rest of us in celebrating our country's b-day (they even dream a secession), most of them living in the North, and a gloomy minority in the South.
So to celebrate the day in which Italy, as it is now, was born from the sacrifice and struggle of Garibaldi and his men, from the ideas and political strategies of Mazzini and Cavour, I want to find Italians to admire in the present. Brave Italian people, who dedicate/d their lives to the dream of a better world. Politicians? None.
1. A doctor, GINO STRADA
A journalist, TIZIANO TERZANI
A young writer, ROBERTO SAVIANO
An actor and director, ROBERTO BENIGNI
There are many others, I'm sure. Working hard because Italy may be different one day. Better. Much better than it is now. Men and women doing their jobs and fullfilling their tasks, doing always their best, despite the little money, they little respect, the little recognition they get. They are my Italy, the one I can deeply love.
Happy150th birthday, Italy.