For too long we have accepted that everything can be replaced by something newer and more efficient, shiny, smart. For too long we have accepted the commodification of everything.
For too long we have surrendered to a short-term approach to work, in politics even to our private life.
For too long most of us have evaded from focusing our responsibility towards the society at large and progressively disconnected from the rest of the civil society. And now that the majority of citizens do not consider culture as a priority with all the related implication in period of shrinking public spending
The historical moment we are living in requires to take back into our life and thinking broader perspectives, made of longer periods, wider spectrum of topics and a the world.
In order to, a new way of thinking culture is a necessity though it will not suffice to revers the tide of political and private decision that impact in reducing the resources available to cultural activities.
Having impact today requires bringing much closer to the citizens’ hearts and minds the notion that culture is a necessary element in people lives and for the development of our civilisation.
That calls for inward changes.
Having been the past years discourse over culture somehow ‘self-centred’ the today constituency in support of new and more effective policies to foster cultural development are fragile.
We should take new ways of thinking about culture and our role in society.
Culture enables evolution and human development and should be understood as one of the key components towards a new social contract and citizenship. Culture as a common-good and not as a commodity.
Artist, cultural operators, intellectuals, scientists as enablers, “empowerers” as supporters of everybody emancipation. Social actors and not only creators.
The surge for a Europe-wide movement for culture that is more than ever a necessity to help our society to step out up from its depression. That is what we should and can do.
If we stop considering us just as a sum of I and start combining the may I with some WE.