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Rassismus: die Geißel der modernen Gesellschaft

 

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By Jlenia Famiani (1994), LSP, Assisi, Italy

Ich denke an unsere Zeit und an die große Entwicklung unserer Gesellschaft und frage mich, wie noch ein Konzept wie Rassismus akzeptiert werden kann.

Die effektivste Beschreibung von Rassismus habe ich in einem Buch gefunden, „Rassismus meiner Tochter erklärt“ von Tahar Ben Jollen. Hier ein Auszug aus dem Buch:

TOCHTER: Können Rassisten heilen?

VATER: Denkst du, dass Rassismus eine Krankheit ist?

TOCHTER: Ja, weil es nicht normal ist, die anderen zu verachten, nur weil sie eine andere Hautfarbe haben.

VATER: Die Heilung hängt von ihnen selbst ab.

TOCHTER: Wie kann das passieren?

VATER: Sie müssen einige Fragen an sich selbst stellen. Sie müssen zweifeln. Sie müssen zu sich selbst sagen: “Vielleicht ist das, was ich denke, nicht richtig.“ Sie müssen sich Mühe geben, um die eigenen Bemerkungen zu verändern.

TOCHTER: – Aber du hast mir gesagt, dass die Menschen nicht ändern…

VATER: – Ja, aber der Mensch kann seine Fehler verstehen und vermeiden. Das bedeutet nicht, dass er wirklich anders wird. Er passt sich an. Er kann das verstehen, wenn er wiederum Opfer einer rassistischen Ablehnung wird; so kann er verstehen, wie ungerecht und unakzeptabel Rassismus ist. Um das zu akzeptieren, sollte der Mann reisen und andere Kulturen kennenlernen. Wie man sagt, Reisen bildet die Persönlichkeit der Jugend. Reisen ist die Freude, unterschiedliche Kulturen zu kennen.

TOCHTER: – So gibt es Hoffnung …

VATER: – Wir müssen gegen Rassismus kämpfen, weil Rassismus eine Gefahr sein kann und uns zu Opfern machen kann.

TOCHTER: – Wie kann er beides sein?

VATER: – Es ist eine Gefahr für andere und macht uns selbst zum Opfer. Es ist im Irrtum und der Mensch weiß es nicht oder er will das nicht wissen. Man braucht Mut, um die eigenen Fehler zu erkennen. Rassisten haben diesen Mut nicht.

Do we really understand what is changing our lives?

 

by Jlenia Famiani (1994), LSP, Assisi, Italy

Photo by Margot Masci (1994), LSP,Assisi, Italy

 

Every day we hear about lots of different events that are happening around the world: recession, wars, globalization and the difficulties of countries where life is really a struggle for existence.

Are we really able to understand?

Sometimes we are, but not always. I think that if we are not able to understand fully, it does not depend entirely on us, but on factors that make these situations seem far from us, even if we are involved in every single event.

Why are we involved? We are involved because we are part of the world, and being part of the world means to be part of every single community.

 Do we know what can change our lives?

Everything can change my life today. Global recession, wars, international political events (such as the war between Israel and Palestine, the conflict in Syria, the re-election of Obama as U.S.A. President but also the next Italian elections in February) can change my future., and the reason why it can happen is Globalization. This word means the process of international integration arising from the exchange of world views, products, ideas, and other aspects of different cultures, but it includes also the spreading of the characteristics of a particular kind of society. Today this society is the Western one, which is industrializing and exporting its politics, economy and ideas all over the world.

Thanks to this we can decide to study abroad, we can work wherever we want and fulfill  our dreams in every place on earth. Doing this we can be involved in situations that now may seem very far from us.

We have to understand that our life does not depend only on us but also on the reality that surrounds us. Every day we see people who fight for their rights (like the Arabian women who are fighting for their political rights), lose their jobs (and this is the reality of the majority of the European nations), and struggle, or – even worse – we hear about people who lose their lives in conflicts caused by political or religious contrasts just like  is happening in some countries of the Middle East.

I try to understand and I perceive that all these things are changing my life, the interest in what is happening in the world is making me grow and is enriching me.

I believe that understanding the positive things but also the problems that surround us, can make us better and can let us understand for the very first time that WE are the future.

 

 

The positive side of Internet

By Jlenia Famiani (1994), LSP Assisi/Italy

Internet is often seen as something dangerous for our daily life, and in some ways it is true, but we have to admit that Internet nowadays is very useful.

First of all we have to say that the Internet is a part of our generation and, because of that, we use it for almost everything. Internet is becoming our “best friend”, it has answers to any questions and problems.

These are the positive sides of the Internet, in my opinion:

First of all we have to understand that the Internet is not just Social Networks and friends, it’s also a source of informaton, in fact you can find a lot about different cultures and, in our case, it can help us find out similarities and differences among our countries.

You can be informed about what’s happening all over the world, and meet people from distant countries.

The Internet is useful to listen to music. It may sound ordinary, but let’s be sincere:
How many times do we listen to a song on the radio without knowing its title?? Almost every day, and what do we do to try to find it out?? We write some of the words we have understood on the net and immediately we find out what we were looking for.

You can buy things on the net, which is very improtant for people who have some problems and can’t go out to shop.

On the Internet you can attend school or university, or you can find useful material if you have missed some lessons at school because you had flu!

So as we can see the Internet has a lot of positive sides, which depend on the way we use it. If we can use it properly, we see that it’s not just a source of dangers and negativity but it has a lot of positive things which can help everybody.

Internet is a kind of treasure that we have the possibility to use, so let’s not waste it!

What do you think about it? Do you think that the Internet is just bad or do you agree with me when I say that is very useful from many different points of view?

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