I have no regrets, I thank God that I am still talking about it and for what life has given me, but I remember with great pleasure the years of youth, of hope, of simplicity.
People were content with simple things and were happy about it. Saturday night in the pizzeria every so often, if there was money. Otherwise at a friend’s house. We were together, we talked, we walked, we smiled at life just because we were walking around. Sorry if I insist on walking, but this also seems to be a practice of other times. Today we run for the road, we fly with the trolley to the supermarket, we snort at the red light, or if the metro doesn’t break the minute, if the guy in front of the newsstand line takes too long to choose the newspaper, if the waiter at dinner we need dinner 5 minutes late, as if we were going somewhere instead of quietly enjoying it at the table!
I wonder what would happen if we all slowed down. If there were no internet, if there were no mobile phones if there were only ten channels on the TV … how would we spend time, how would we manage our lives?
The Mediterranean Countries, first Greece, had invented the Agorà, which was the heart of the polis, where was facilitated the integration between classes, races, and generations, where lived together public and private, secular and religious, gossip and denunciation, joy and mourning. In a nutshell, at the Agorà, outdoors, man is part of civilization. In social networks the square becomes global, computer networks and social networks play, on a planetary scale, relational networks that the Agorà allowed only locally. The Agorà undergoes a metamorphosis that was unimaginable just 20 years ago, has become a pseudo-square that day by day becomes more intimate and universal, more flexible and comfortable, but also more subtle, pathological, aggressive, elusive. However, it remains the need for physical places of meeting.
Our body continues to require physical contact, smells, tastes, looks, gestures. Continues to need to meet and clash the bodies, of large groups, movie theaters, classrooms student. That does not contradict but complement the virtuality.