By Beppe Colli
May 12, 2021
Summer's here, things
are getting better, restaurants are open again, everything is slowly getting
back to normal.
Just yesterday the owners of the sea resort
I go to every year wrote to communicate that on June, 3rd it will be "business
as usual". I need to shed some weight, and I need a few new swimsuits. It's
time to go out.
And so, like all the beautiful things in
life, our weekly (dis)appointments end here. It seems like yesterday - it was
the end of September - that I decided to write again here, and I can say I did
my best, with great regularity.
However, I'd lie if I
said that the experience has been an "overwhelmingly positive" one,
even if the end result was not that different from what I had previously
thought. But one thing is to assume, another is to determine with a satisfying
degree of accuracy.
It's not a matter of numbers, those
"clicks" were enough. But this is not the point here, we don't sell
ads and don't do any "whoring".
Feedback was really to a minimum, and with
just a few exceptions - all of them musicians, by the way - nobody appeared to
be interested in following a train of thought too deeply. For the most part,
readers appeared to have lost any capacity of concentration, of "going
deep" into an argument or topic.
Taking for granted that the "all you
can eat" formula is nowadays an accurate measure of people's attitude when
it come to almost anything, what I found really worrying is a certain
"callousness" in people's souls, in an environment where Scrooge would
feel at ease. But as it always happens, those who suffer from avarice adopt the
same kind of behavior when it comes to friendship and the social sphere, in a
glorification of the "self" that's really disgusting to see.
Friends of mine who are musicians by trade
were horrified to learn that my piece titled The state of music business had
received the lowest number of clicks ever. Numbers have spoken.
The point most readers appear to have
missed is that I don't suffer from solitude, nor I feel the uncontrollable urge
to communicate my point of view about anything. What I do has only meaning
inside a social framework.
The recent pandemic has shown all too well
how "individuals" don't perceive themselves as being
"citizens", shouting that a long list of their "rights" are
to be satisfied "anyway", while they feel they have the right to
behave "as they please".
(I won't discuss the chance, that quite a
few experts have argued to be quite likely, that a "return to
normalcy" in a measure similar to that of the "belle époque"
could prepare the right conditions for a really horrible pandemic, to take
place in 2023.)
Quite recently, a friend told me to
consider my pieces as a kind of "messages in the bottle". But I don't
need any help!
See you at the beach.
Beppe Colli 2021
| May 12, 2021