The year will be 2042, and Millennials will be experiencing their twenty-third quarter-life crisis, robots will be making Maltese bread, and I’ll be having plenty of rendez-vous with my plastic surgeon.
Life goes on, and time’s winged chariot keeps swooping over the pages of our existence. And with the passing of time comes change, be it good or bad, depending on which side you’re on. As we’re often reminded, our elders remember a Malta that looked completely different to how it does now. Hell, even I remember a Malta that looked different to the one we have today. I remember the old bieb il-Belt and acres of tasteful villas in Attard. Nonetheless, there are some changes which we can put a stop to if we worked hard enough. By not fighting back and allowing the forces of evil to take over, “there won’t be a Shire” (Merry Brandybuck, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers). Therefore, let’s look at our hopes and dreams for this island, and aspire to make them come true:
Pastizzi will still be around, still going strong as ever. I’m sure this is our common goal as a nation. Long live the pastizz, and all who sail in it.
We’ll be purely running on solar or some other form of renewable energy. No more astronomical electricity bills, and more importantly, no more atrocious levels of pollution.
We’ll have done away with the two party system, and have a bit more healthy pluralism in our politics. And here’s to having more women in this sector, and far less corruption and a division of class.
We’ll actually have a stable and credible arts industry where artists and performers alike can earn a decent living wage without having to resort to keeping their craft as just a hobby. Actually, this should apply to most sectors in Malta, and its criminally Communist-esque wages in comparison to other EU countries. And don’t you dare tell me ‘Imma Malta żgħar’… Especially if you’re a banker.
Unless it’s ecologically damaging (which it probably will be), we’ll have our very own Eurotunnels leading to Marseille, Sicily and Greece… via Gozo for the Marseille tunnel, of course. Let’s build on what we’ve got.
The social divide between the English and Maltese speaking communities will be obsolete, where nobody will ever be judged for the tongue in which they choose to communicate.
Speaking of language, something that is already evident in Generation Z is the lack of children who have Italian as their third language like most of their elders do, on account of cable, American channels, and YouTube. So, it will no longer be a given in 25 years’ time that the Maltese can also speak Italian. I must emphasise that this is not a ‘should’ but a pity. Nonetheless, here’s hoping that other languages will blossom on the island. I’m betting it’ll be Swedish or Norwegian. Heh, betting. See what I did there.
We’ve already lost the Azure Window, so here’s hoping we still get to keep Filfla and Comino for many years to come. This is something we have no power over, unfortunately. Mother Nature’s in charge, and we are at the mercy of her whimsical temperament.
Here’s hoping that we put a stop to high rise buildings and the depletion of ODZ land. Here’s to the people rising up and having a sense of political transparency. Here’s to our education system producing autonomous and critical thinkers. Here’s to the end of our racist streak. Here’s to a better Malta.
What changes do you predict or would like to see in Malta in a quarter of a century?
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