Finding inspiration while on vacation
Updated: Dec 22, 2020
ROME ITALY…It’s History, Art, Culture and Elegant balance between Interdependence, Freedom and Control…..It certainly is “THE SWEET LIFE.”
In order to write and spend time here in Rome, one has to know a little about it’s history and understand Italy’s people. After walking the streets of my new found neighborhood here in the Lubicano area of Rome, I got to thinking about where I am and what it represents.
it’s history goes back many thousands of years. Most of you are familiar with Rome's Ancient Ruins, Caesars, Gladiators, It’s Amore, Religion, Art, Shoes, Clothing, Olive Oil, Pasta, Food and Wine. Italy is vast and rich with natural resources, deeply rooted in European history, and it’s culture changed the world as we know it.
Here in Italy’s capital, it’s a safe bet that Rome can give us an overview of the populous opinion of Italy’s political, economic and cultural diversity.
Italy’s underground Communist Refoundation Party (PRC) was replaced by a facist one in late 19th century (http://www.thecorner.org/hist/total/f-italy.htm) and has yet to wriggle it’s way loose of those ties. After the War of 1870 between the Second French Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia along with the North German Confederation which lead to the downfall of Napoleon, began the unification of the Italian states. Irredentism (irredento) which is the annexation of the territories of the Peninsula which was known as The Italian unification (Italian: il Risorgimento, or “The Resurgence”) the political and social movement that agglomerated different states of the Italian peninsula into the single state of Italy in the 19th century. This was administered by the Government under Garibaldi. Giuseppe Garibaldi born 1807-1882 was an Italian military & political figure. He is considered an Italian National Hero.
So we skip to Benito Mussolini (Il Duce) who became Italy’s Prime Minister in 1922. Appointed by King Victor Emmanuel III (born 11 November 1869 – 28 December 1947) who was a member of the House of Savoy and King of Italy (29 July 1900 – 9 May 1946). In addition, he claimed the crowns of Ethiopia and Albania and claimed the titles Emperor of Ethiopia (1936–43) and King of Albania (1939–43) which were recognized by the great powers in 1937 and 1939. During his long reign, Victor Emmanuel III saw two world wars and the birth, rise, and fall of Fascism in the Kingdom of Italy. (check out my favorite monument in Rome) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Monumento_Vittorio_Emmanuele_II_Rom.jpg
The economic depression which followed World War I gave rise to much extremism among the sorely-tried working classes of Italy. This caused the country as a whole to become politically unstable. Benito Mussolini, soon to be Italy’s Fascist dictator, took advantage of this instability for his rise to power.
The current Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi (born 29 September 1936) is an Italian politician, as well as a successful entrepreneur. He is the longest-serving Prime Minister of Italy, a position he has held on three separate occasions: from 1994 to 1995, from 2001 to 2006 and currently since 2008. He is the leader of the People of Freedom political movement, a centre-right party he founded in 2009. As of November 2009, he is the longest-serving current leader of a G8 country. Today Silvio Berlusconi is a product of tradition. He bears some of the characteristics of Mussolini. Berlusconi represents the conquest and occupation of the State and Private interests. Berlusconi is a very wealthy & powerful man. He is the proprietor of three analogue television channels, various digital television channels, as well as some of the larger-circulation national news magazines. Together these account for nearly half the Italian market.
Through Italy’s dysfunction you can see clearly in the eyes of it’s people, at least here in Rome, a peaceful abandon and a comfortable conformity. Although each state seems to be a Country of it’s own. The Italian people live side by side enjoying all of what their Country has to offer it’s villages, cities and Italy as a whole. It is the people, all 61 million of them, who rank high in worlds statistics as 8th for quality of life, 2nd best health care system and 19th highest life expectancy, just behind New Zealand and Bermuda. Somehow Italians have found an elegant balance between Interdependence, Freedom and Control and having the 5th highest government budget in the world makes it a very rich Nation. Through it’s style, traditions, food, culture, history & customs is the heart of a Nation we call ITALY.
Looking around in awe every day that I am here to write. I believe Americans can learn a lot from the Italians.
LA DOLCE VITA …. It certainly is “The Sweet Life”….
YOUR INNER GUIDANCE
Since time and space began
Since the beginning
Man has questioned his existence
Learn from the mistakes of man
Feel your way through
Use your inner guidance
Seek acceptance, forgiveness
And a healing will come.
gina fiore ~