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The day after Wikileaks

This morning I woke up with this question: What is the most important lesson we can learn from the cablegate?

I think the answer should be that power can be man’s worse enemy and that it takes courage to stand out from the pack.

Let me try to explain.

It seems that the world is facing a value crisis. Where have we left respect? Where are loyalty and compassion?

After I caught a glimpse of the inner workings of US diplomacy, the lack of consideration for “the other” is what looked like the real scandal to me. Allies, Us friendly countries, basically everyone is treated with superiority by the United States Government.  No wonder that the markets in the recent/ongoing economic crisis have a trust issue!

Doesn’t anybody realize that there is no such thing as the most powerful country in the world because our governments are not corporations in competition with one another? Sure, there can be a country that is more influential than others, but should it be allowed to be more influential at the expense of others? And especially, should it be allowed to call itself a democracy?

I read an interesting question today on twitter: “If wikileaks was a country do you think there’d be marines rolling thru the streets in tanks by now?”

My answer to that is definitely yes. The modern world is ruled by diplomats, who establish their power through consensus and the documents that started to leak yesterday are a considerable threat to their image and as a consequence also to their power. In the past, they’ve started wars for far less reasons!

Fortunately, the government has no one else to blame but itself and the internet proves once again to be a great vehicle for freedom of information. All in all, the good thing is that citizens all around the world can finally have an insight into what goes on in politics daily. On the other side, the bad thing is that those unethical behavior are so common that a change is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Today I also read an article about Steven Cowan, a 67 old man from Wisconsin, who allegedly fired a shotgun into his television after he saw Sarah Palin’s daughter moving forward in an american dance competition. What he was so angry about was Bristol Palin making it to the next round without having improved at dancing like others on the show. His wife reported that before shooting he said something like “The f@…ing Politics” because he “was upset that a political figure’s daughter was dancing on this particular show when he did not think she was a good dancer”.

And BANG there goes the new TV. Poor Steven just couldn’t take it any longer.

Now you see I’m Italian, but what do I have in common with Mr. Cowan?

Sometimes, I see injustice and I feel powerless.

So the DayAfterWikileaks even if the good old world still smells and feels the same, I hold on to the fact that I’m not alone. There are other citizens in other countries that feel like shooting their televisions too, and some of them actually use the power they have to try changing this world.

And the DayAfterWikileaks my thoughts go out to everyone who’s struggling and to everyone who does the right thing also if it doesn’t pay off in the short term.

To those I say thank you because i know that: It’s so easy to hate, it take guts to be gentle and kind

To everyone else remember that you’ve got the power to let power go:

Let me know in the comments what your DayAfterWikileaks impressions are!

I appreciate your time 🙂