There fear against hope. The first, explains Ryan Holiday in Courage calls. Fortune favors the bold (Hoepli), “takes us away from ours destiny. It holds us back. It blocks us. It gives us a million reasons to do something … Or not to act at all. “It is a ghost which appears to us, whatever form it may have, and paralyzes us. Fear of losing your job. Children. Fear of death. Meanwhile, life goes on without us doing anything. Impassive. Paralyzed.
There hopeon the contrary, it is a (theological) virtue that reminds us that tomorrow can be better, despite the difficulty that we live today. It is the certainty that after the darkness of the night the splendor of the day will arrive. And that from fatigue and suffering something good can also be born (if we know how to welcome it) and, through them, grow. But for this to happen, faced with the challenges that await us, we must have courage – that “it is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue when put to the test”, as CS Lewis writes.
For nearly three years, since the Covid it broke into our lives, we were dominated by fear. And it was understandable, at least in the first months of the pandemic. A new virus had arrived, about which we knew nothing. A terrible and extremely contagious virus that took the lungs, even if it was later understood that the real cause of death were the blood clots that this disease caused, and tore away the dearest affections, perhaps abandoned, due to the difficulties of the hospitals, on the cot in a lane. Alone, facing the most tragic and definitive moment of our life: death. We were afraid when, at 6 o’clock sharp, we tuned in to the television to listen to the infection bulletin. To find out if the intensive therapies filled or emptied. If there were more or less deaths. Almost as if pity had disappeared from the earth, replaced by aseptic numbers. We were afraid when we saw in the other one dangerous oiler only because, passing on the street tens of meters away from us, he was not wearing the mask (often used more to remind us that the virus was still in circulation than because it was really effective in certain contexts). We were afraid because the Minister of Health, Roberto Speranzahe was more terrified than us: “I am nervous at the thought of any aggregation of more than two people, it even upsets me to see cars passing by on the street“.
And we have (not) lived almost three years of our life this way. Without courage. Without reacting. And that doesn’t mean the virus wasn’t, and still isn’t, dangerous. The most sensible words on this issue, perhaps the most courageous, he wrote to Future an elderly man, locked up in a rsa during one of the first waves of Covid. I don’t remember the exact words, but the meaning was: is it really right, now that there is Covid, don’t let me see my grandchildren because they risk infecting me? Is it really right that I spend the last years of my life alone, without being able to enjoy the affection of my loved ones? Is this the life I want? Isn’t it worth more to risk, even the ghirba, and be next to the one I love?
This was not the case. For years we have been following rules (the mask even when you were alone on the street) e rites (like that of the bulletin) that have been imposed on us. This was done in part out of a sense of responsibility. Partly out of laziness. Partly because we all wanted to get out of this situation as quickly as possible. But now something has changed. The virus has certainly not disappeared, as someone says with easy irony, but the government’s attitude towards the pandemic is clear and has been well defined by the Minister of Health, Orazio Schillaciwhich considered “it is advisable to start a progressive return to normal in the activities and behaviors, inspired by the criteria of responsibility and respect for current regulations“And to do so he abolished the daily bulletin, making it weekly, and reinstated the so-called” no vax “doctors, an act of national pacification after months of typhus (and sometimes clashes) between the supporters of those who were in favor of the vaccine and who not.
It took courage to do it. It was necessary to face the virus that scared us and bring out all the strength that the government had in its body to say that it was time for a change. The new premier said it clearly, Giorgia Meloniin his keynote address: “I want to say right now that we will never replicate that model (of Speranza, ed). Correct information, prevention and accountability are more effective than coercion, in all areas. And listening to doctors in the field is more valuable than guidelines written by some bureaucrat when dealing with real patients. And if citizens are asked for responsibility, the first to demonstrate it must be those who ask for it“. It took courage to say it. And even more to do it.