… The government is taking drastic and confusing decisions, based on the opinions of a limited number of experts and with few validated data on hand, decisions that have dramatic consequences for all of us and our children. Such unfortunate consequences include poor health protection for the elderly and sick, extreme unemployment, restrictions on personal freedom, disruption of food and supply chains, destruction of social and family life.
Shutting down social life and the whole economy in a totalitarian and indiscriminate way is a profoundly wrong decision, with serious consequences on the well-being of all citizens. There are many alternatives to obtain both the protection of the most vulnerable people and a reduced impact on work, economy, daily life. Proper data analysis and verification, rational thinking, inclusion of divergent and complementary opinions and effectiveness of the overall intervention must be the priorities of decision-makers. The isolation, with public support, of the categories at greatest risk must be pursued and the protection of health care providers should be a top priority. Otherwise, hospitals will become a huge source of further contagion. Smart public transportation is key. Social life and the economy will still be impacted, but not as much as with a complete and indistinct lockdown. Because of this, younger people will no longer have the possibility of taking care of their sick parents and grandparents and their future and health will be compromised too. At the end, the tragedy is that we will have even more sick people and the older ones will not get to enjoy their last years of life.
Extraordinary decisions require extraordinary evidence. The “leaders” have very poor evidence, faulty reasoning and no imagination. They are using fear-mongering and turning parents against children, brothers against sisters… And they are the ones responsible of decades of under-investment and under-payments in public healthcare. They bear the responsibility of the death of many of our loved ones. We shall never forget this.
We have decided that we don’t want to accept all this, as we see no reason why we should be put back to Middle Ages instead of facing the challenge with intelligence, facts-based sound reasoning, equilibrium and yes, even with a smile – as for many challenges of the past.
No matter what you think of the virus, we are here to restart and create a better system, this time a truly European one. The first step is to stop the madness of the total and indiscriminate lockdown of the country, so that we can all breathe and stop worrying about this state of precariousness and this artificially induced scarcity. Then we will rebuild our common house, in a much better, more humane manner – NEVER AGAIN shall we repeat what is occurring now before our eyes. We will also need new leaders. Be prepared to contribute with the best of your intentions, skills and civic commitment.
Sign the petition and act now, your children and grandchildren will hold you accountable.
History will judge us.