The Malta Independent 18 January 2022, Tuesday

A reckless and indifferent society

Ivan Bartolo Friday, 3 December 2021, 08:37 Last update: about 3 months ago

Malta has changed at an alarming rate. It is not always possible to keep up with all that is going on.  

Change in the environment

I recently watched a documentary regarding Malta on a French television station. This documentary referred to Malta as a concrete jungle; a Malta that with each passing day is witnessing more destruction of trees and fields; a Malta that is sacrificing nature to pave way so that more progress can take place.  Our government with its choices has embarked on an irreversible process so that Malta becomes engulfed with concrete buildings.

The social aspect

Whilst we have a government who boasts about the measures it enforces, yet we still feed those who are hungry, we feed those who are thirsty and we try to find a roof over those who end up homeless.

The cost of living is continually on the rise. A grocery shopping for basic needs has also significantly increased. However, the government does not care about those who are suffering and to add insult to injury, in the government’s eyes this is normal because this problem is all over the world. In reality, as the weeks go by, the burden on individuals and families who are unable to make ends meet by the end of the month with the salary they earn is continuously growing.

A survey conducted by MISCO recently, indicated that 86% of people who took part in this survey commented that in the last 3 years the cost of living has risen dramatically. Whilst the chosen few continue to indulge in their thousands of euros, the government has only given us, the common people €1.75 a week to make ends meet. The said amount does not even cover the cost for a loaf of bread and milk carton. All this apart from the theft that is taking place with the water and electricity bills.

Because realities of new challenges mean, that they also need new solutions. We cannot pretend that what was valid before 2010 is still valid today.

We must widen our knowledge and know the signs of the times. We think about the present, but we must also plan for the future. Where there are families who are suffering, it is the duty of the state to intervene.

Good people do exist, but there are others, who are engulfed in their selfishness, indifferent to the poor, to injustice, to the sufferings of others. I always say that the opposite of good is not evil, but indifference. Indifference rots society. Individualism, the man who always thinks about himself first is found everywhere, including among members in our families. People who genuinely care about each other, who come by your home to see if everything is all right are nowadays nearly nonexistent. Some of them come knocking your door to overcome curiosity. Few people notice anyone's struggles and intervene to try and help. In today’s world no one seems to be responsible for anyone. A culture that focuses only on individualism and flair.

We got used to turning our backs on the suffering of others as long as it does not affect us "it is not of our concern" they tell you. A good excuse not to do anything.

A culture where we are not only throwing stuff out of our homes, but we are also throwing away human beings.

Therefore, our State must make itself visible. Whatever he promised he must deliver. The human being whatever it is, must take what it deserves. So, when the poison of corruption, of evil, arises, social conflicts amongst us become the order of the day. When in politics we work for the interests of the few, we are paving way for injustices.

A clear example of this is when Joseph Muscat pocketed €60,000 from the company that works for Vitals.

People earning the minimum wage must work six years to earn sixty thousand euros! Muscat pocketed them in the blink of an eye and what a coincidence from the same company that gave him a contract of €1000 million for 30 years and that next year he will earn 69 million euros at our expense.

The Labour government has tight-fisted hands to give contracts to the Maltese people, while we are wasting and spending millions and commissions on commissions. This is the signal given by the Maltese State. This is the roadmap. This is a clear example of how politics works for the interests of the few. This is one of the cases of injustice.

 

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