Young people: not only fun (2)

February 19th, 2013 by pannacci3eleonora3s


By Eleonora Pannacci (1994) LSP Assisi / Italy

Photo by Marta Zerbini (1994) LSP / Italy

Nowadays we often think that  young people  are not interested in current affairs, politics and  culture and they only want to have fun, their interests are simply going to the disco and drinking alcohol.

Actually the  news on TV  and in the newspapers does not  speak enough about  the young people who  sacrifice their lives to improve the world they live in.

In Italy  there is a young man who became well-known for his courage  and talent after publishing his first documentary-novel  Gomorra.

Roberto Saviano is an Italian journalist and writer who, before writing  Gomorra, collaborated for  several years with important  international newspapers like Washington Post, New York Times, El Pais and  Der Spiegel.   He gained international success with Gomorra  published in 2006, translated in 52 languages in the whole world and made into a successful and multi-awarded  movie  in 2008. In his novel he explains how the criminal business of camorra works in a particular Italian region,  Campania,  of  which Naples  is the capital city.  He  also explains how this system spread  in other  parts of the world and in every area of the world trade. Camorra is a criminal organisation, born in Campania, based on gaining  money through violence, murders and actions against the law. It is, along with  the Sicilian Mafia, a real plague for a country, Italy,  that has  tried to defeat it for several decades.

The novel is divided into 10 chapters and each one deals with  a particular theme.   The first one, for example, is on   the illegal trade of clothes and shoes coming from China that takes place  in the port of Naples, and on  the fake designer clothes production made in Campania in miserable conditions,  by exploiting the local people.

Other important themes  are  those  of  the fight  between  criminal families to gain the power, the important  role of women in criminal families, or the illegal trade of weapons. He speaks about the huge trade of drugs in one of the poorest districts of the city, Scampia, that is completely managed and controlled by the Camorra. It is one of the biggest drug-pushing markets in the entire world, in fact Saviano says  that lots of people from every continent, but in particular from other Italian regions,  go to Scampia to buy every type of drug  because of the very low prices. He reports the witnesses of teenage pushers who prefer gaining money in an “easy” way by pushing drugs rather than going to school. They are familiar with weapons and shooting people and see the men of Camorra  as heroes, examples to follow. From what they say Saviano deduces that the State is absent in their lives, it is considered as an enemy to  defeat and not an organ that may help its citizens. The men of Camorra are seen like superstars, like heroes, and their followers, surrounded by this environment, cannot distinguish what is good and what is bad.

I think that reading this novel was fundamental for me, because it allowed me to understand  how  the underworld  works  and perceive  what is not always clearly told  or explained in the news.

Roberto Saviano is an example to follow for any young person  because he has had the courage to tell and write what he saw and what he really experienced, giving a concrete contribution  to  our country and  sacrificing his own freedom.  In fact since he  published his  novel and appeared on TV interviews and conferences he has received lots of threats so he must  live under  escort,  but despite this he goes on telling his experience and enquiring  about camorra and he has also written other novels on the Italian political situation, showing that  there are lots of sides to Italy, not only negative ones. In fact in Gomorra  he also speaks about a priest, Giuseppe Diana, who was killed in 2007 because he  openly protested against the criminal system, and helped the local people  to not submit to its rules.

To conclude I think Roberto Saviano is an important figure because he was born and grew up in the places he describes and he wants  to show that there is another possibility:  the possibility to change. He has shown that it is fundamental to speak, to ask for help, to break the code of silence considered fundamental by the criminal organizations.


Verloren in der Welt (2)

January 30th, 2013 by pannacci3eleonora3s


by Eleonora Pannacci (1994)  LSP Assisi / Italy

“Siddharta” ist der wichtigste  Roman von Hermann Hesse; er erzählt darin die Geschichte eines jungen Inders, der Hauptfigur des Romans ist. Er will den Sinn seines Lebens finden; aus diesem Grund verlässt er seine Familie und er fängt eine lange Reise durch Indien mit seinem Freund Govinda an. Er erlebt viele Abenteuer, um zu verstehen, wer er ist und er trifft viele Figuren wie die Samara, die ihn viele Ǘbungen lehrt. Dann trifft er den Buddha Gotama, einen Mystiker, der als der größte Lebenslehrer betrachtet wird und dann Kamala, ein schönes Mädchen, das ihn die Sünde und die Genüsse des Lebens kennen lernen lässt. Dank dieser Reise versteht er, dass die Menschen den inneren Frieden durch deie Lebenserfahrungen finden können.

Ich denke, dass dieser Roman sehr aktuell ist, weil wir eine Krise der Werte erleben , die durch verschiedene Gründe bewirkt wird.

Unsere Gesellschaft erlaubt uns nicht, das Gute und das Böse zu unterscheiden, weil sich die Werte verändert haben. Seit einigen Jahren gibt e seine grosse wirtschaftliche und politische Krise. Die jungen Leute fühlen sich nicht als konstruktiver Teil der Gesellschaft und können sich kein eigenes unabhangiges Leben aufbauen.

Heute ist Perfektion das Ideal. Der Mensch soll in jedem Lebensbereich perfekt sein. Durch die Krise haben vor allem junge Menschen kein klares Ziel vor Augen. Sie fühlen sich verloren und wissen nicht, wie sie sich orientieren können. Heute spricht man fast nur über Krisewirtschaft und Arbeitsplätze.

Was denkt ihr über eure Zukunft? Welches sind eure Werte und eure Zweifel? Seid ihr auch in dieser Welt verloren?

Mobile phones: two generations now and then

May 23rd, 2012 by pannacci3eleonora3s

by Eleonora Pannacci (1994), LSP Assisi/Italy

Nowadays we can’t live without mobile phones, we use them to do everything, from calling friends to surfing the net, for these reasons they have definitely changed our lives. But how could our parents spend their adolescence and part of their youth without them? How did they keep in touch with their friends? Today’s teenagers consider mobile phones indispensable objects. Maybe we use them too much? Could we imagine our lives without them? Would it be the same?

To find out the answers to these questions I have asked my mom, who is 45 and my sister, who is 21 and belongs to the generation of the 21st century.

My mom says that she kept in touch with her friends by going out with them. They lived near her house or they were her classmates, so they met every day at school and decided when and where to go out and what to do, without using the telephone. They had a lot of time to meet in the afternoon because they didn’t have many activities to do like sports or music.

When I ask her if she often uses her mobile now she says that she uses it only when she’s not at home, in emergency cases but not to send messages or surf the net because she doesn’t need it and she has never got used to it. She thinks that there are both positive and negative sides in using the mobile phones but anyway she prefers having it, as it is useful to keep in touch not only with the people she knows but also to keep memories of her experiences, for example through the photos that she takes with the mobile camera.

My sister’s opinions are different. She got her first mobile phone at 14 and even if now she thinks that it is not so useful for a girl of that age, at the time she absolutely wanted it because it was trendy.

Nowadays she uses her mobile to do everything, to call her friends, to surf the net, to send messages and she thinks that she could be in troubles without it because it has become indispensable. Now she can’t imagine her life without the mobile because if she did not have it anymore she would lose all her contacts and she couldn’t surf the net and look for the information she needs for her university studies. She thinks that if the mobile phone doesn’t become an addiction, it’s ok.

That is what they answered me. I agree with my sister because I think that nowadays the mobile phone is  indispensable and I can’t imagine my life without it,  but I’m sure I can use it responsibly. Unfortunately I know people who use them too much and I see  it can become an addiction that makes them  live a virtual life.

What about you? Can you survive without your mobile?

Italy: pride and prejudice

January 23rd, 2012 by pannacci3eleonora3s

by Eleonora Pannacci ( 1994)  LSP/ Assisi

I don’t feel Italian very often , I sometimes feel ashamed of my country, in particular when I’m abroad, because of some stereotypes that make the Italians very famous in the world.

In my life I felt Italian and I felt a particular sense of belonging to my nation when I saw our Italian and very young soldiers that risk their lives in some countries at war like Iraq, Afghanistan, Kosovo and so on, to protect us and to defend Italy. They are young but in spite of this they are ready to cope and live a period of their lives in a country that is devastated by war, poverty, ignorance and violence. I admire their bravery and I’m very proud of them because I realize that my country is also made of people who believe in what they do, who still have important values like family, honour, sense of homeland and so on. I’m very touched when I see that they die also in a cruel way, because their dreams and their plans end suddenly, so for this reason I often wonder if these “peace missions” are useful and right and if it is worthwhile.

When I go abroad, I see that the Italians are often teased by the others because of their bad manners, their noise, their gesticulation and their pronunciation and in these moments I feel bad and ashamed at the same time because I would like to destroy these useless prejudices and stereotypes that limit knowledge among people, in fact I hope that the Comenius project will be useful to do that too.

I’m proud of Italy when I speak about our yummy food, our open-minded personality, our beautiful cities and monuments and I’m glad when I see that these Italian characteristics are appreciated by the others.

Finally, I feel ashamed of Italy when, for example, in front of the other European countries our politicians don’t always represent us but often constitute another social class characterized by wealth, bribery, immorality and privileges. I think that they don’t feel a sense of European union but tend to defend and protect their own interests rarely thinking of the well-being of the European population. For this reason until now I  have always believed that the European Unionwill only function well once both the people and their politicians have learnt to start thinking of the wellbeing of everyone .

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January 23rd, 2012 by pannacci3eleonora3s

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