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An interesting piece of work has come out recently, as many of you might have heard of: “TheSocialDilemma” (https://www.thesocialdilemma.com/). Reputation, credibility and competence of the authors are solid and quite reliable, almost indisputable, in my humble opinion.

Of course, “TheSocialDilemma” might be itself considered as kind of hoax, “clickbait” or different sort of monetization; one thing though should be considered to this regard: facts and numbers are quite reliable and methodology seems to me accurate i.e. peer review, consolidated studies. A couple of facts may be considered questionable: the direct and unique link between harm (or fatal harm) in the youth such as depression, suicide, drug and alcohol abuse and the use of socials; discrepancies, in my opinion, if there, would be negligible considering the magnitude of the phenomena. In addition, I could not find (yet) any relevant data and study about Europe zone, which I am sure do exist too.

That being said, I am personally (as of yet moderately) enthusiast about this new initiative, both as parent and as professional. Being a consultant, coach and educator on outdoor education, heavily involved on education and care of children and youth generations, I could not be more thrilled about it. More specifically, one aspect which I found relevant is how the Outdoor Education (Forest Kindergarten in particular) is profoundly and deeply connected to the Social use (or misuse, if you wish).

Firstly, outdoor education (and outdoor lifestyle in general) represents undoubtedly one of the most effective and healthy tool to counterbalance the use of social and this for obvious reasons; secondly, and this is a bit more subtle, the technology and therefore social and media in general, are not necessarily detrimental or harmful, even for the youth; different consideration for the children (0-6 yo) where I personally believe particular attention should be posed on the utilization of the electronic devices.

As obvious and trivial might this statement sounds, let me restate it: technology, including socials, saves lives, help people, improve standard of living and overall communication.

However, there are some “BUTs” that the qualified authors and promoters of this initiative have wisely and competently carried out. Hopefully, this will contribute to raise the bar of the awareness, giving also some chances to deep dive into the complexity of such delicate matter.

Best of luck!

Lorenzo.

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C’è da chiedersi quale sia ora lo scenario distopico (o distopia) attuale.

Perchè quella del ventennio scorso è divenuta tragica realtà ergo non è più lecito ed appropriato identificarla tale.

Una ridemensionata “Matrix”, dove la IA controlla il genere umano, potrebbe essere plausibile (magari con scenografie meno eclatanti ed appariscenti rispetto al film); a guardare bene i segnali ci sono e sono anche abbastanza sconfortanti: progressione impressionante e costante della distruzione culturale, nel senso di pensiero critico e capacità di leggere ed interpretare gli eventi che accadono con particolare riferimento al meccanismo “causa-effetto”; diffusione pervasiva e capillare attraverso i sistemi di comunicazione (digitiale/virtuale e televisivo) del programma cosidetto “neoliberista” o capitalista; esasperazione e magnificazione delle caratterizzazioni mirate al mantenimento del conflitto quale strumento prioritario del controllo del “gregge”, il “noi verso loro” che diventa martellante, ossessivo, proprio come da clima di caccia alle streghe. Le ondate sono cicliche e si rinnovano a seconda del periodo storico; i flussi migratori sono quasi un evergreen perchè meglio incarnano il nemico da abbattere; spirito nazionalistico che permetta di rifugiarsi dietro ad un bandiera quasi come la coperta di Linus; conflittualità sociale facendo sempre attenzione a mantenere la mira non su chi detiene il controllo od il potere ma sul vicino di casa, sull’omologo sociale cosi da alimentare la cosidetta guerra tra poveri. Ma soprattutto la narrazione, oramai ossessiva e compulsiva del mito dell’apparenza, dell’edonismo più becero, del senso dell’effimero, del disinteresse più totale verso l’eco sistema di cui facciamo parte.

La crisi totale, vista da un profano come me, rappresenta intrinsecamente una possibilità di reale cambiamento. Temo che la compromissione della ragione e della Cultura del genere umana renda questa possibilità abbastanza remota e difficile da realizzarsi. La legge del Caos (quello vero, quello che governa i processi naturali) potrebbe vernirci in aiuto e dare un colpo di grazia all’attuale sistema di potere sparigliando le carte e rendendo quasi impossibile governare la matrice ad n-variabili in gioco : geografiche, culturale/etnico, climatiche, tanto per citare le principali.

Pervaso da un improvviso e quasi irrazionale senso di ottimismo, mi piace pensare che per una distopia prossima, esista, parimenti, un’utopia possibile in contrapposizione. Proprio come nella filosia dei fumetti che prevede che per ogni super eroe-buono, vi sia un super-cattivo.

Insomma, viva Eraclito e speriamo, anzi adoperiamoci, per un prossimo “panta rei”.

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Once upon a time, there was a child who was living like an adult. The child had kept on living like an adult until he’d realized that something, or better, someone was calling him to a different life.
Thus the child started wandering around trying to listen better and to figure where this voice was coming from and whose was that voice. He had been struggling for years, decades stumbling upon “not-my-call-choices” he had made: living for working instead of the other way around, childhood companion taken for wife, places he longed seeing not seen and place not to be seen, seen . As the time was passing and child was encumbered and weighed down, life also was passing by. Too many bells not heard and too many sunset not seen started engraving his life backward, in some way. Child started talking with the adult he was mimicking, yet no answer manifest. Child had started becoming upset and annoyed and still adult wouldn’t explain anything. Till one day, that day, when the adult took child’s hand firmly yet gently and showing him the door, he said “here we are. Time is over for me to let you go “. “Where to?” was the answer from an astonished child.
“Right where you showed me, all along these years”
The 60 years old child seemed relieved, as he never felt in his life; he had not a clue as to what that sentence had meant, if it meant anything at all; neither he cared. He left the adult’s hand and while walking out through the door, he was moved as he had been probably just few times in his past 60 years; he had the very sharp, real and fulfilling sense of accomplishment.
Child and adult never met again since that day, but they both kept thinking very deeply and lovingly of each other every single day of their lives.

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Early 90’s, Middle East crisis. Bush struggling to get people support to invade Iraq. People don’t see this as a right war. Few days later, a breaking news shows a “nurse from Kuwait” claiming that she witnessed hundreds of children slaughtered in their cradles in a Kuwait hospital by Iraqi Army. Anger and indignation raged extraordinarily among US people and in few days act to invade IRAQI was approved almost unanimously by US parliament. The nurse from Kuwait was the Kuwait ambassador’s daughter. Nothing of what she claimed was true. Not a word.

Vietnam war: US army massacre in My Lai. Hugh Thompson Jr, an U.S.helicopter pilot saved a group of local civilians threatening his comrades to fire on them if they hadn’t ceased immediately fire

Two stories among thousand which should teach us all about danger of manipulation and how “us vs them” theory could turn people’s live entirely upside down

So, you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink. We as human we’ll continue to see and hear what others want us to see and hear. Unless and until we take control on our own lives.