I love my country, but its people piss me off…
A lot of people have been taking to social media to share their views on how this country could be made better… Yet, amid the calls for resignations and the denials of any wrongdoing, people seem to be missing one crucial point about what would make this country better: them changing their ways….
Stop Being Rude: People have no sense of what’s right and what’s wrong – or maybe they just don’t care. Unnecessarily rude comments on social media platforms are a daily occurrence, business owners and staff not being courteous is accepted, and we all just feel entitled to our opinion, even if that opinion can hurt others who have no say in the matter, such as assuming that all foreigners are here to screw us over. You are entitled to your opinion, of course, but the right to free speech ends when it turns into hate.
Stop Being Loyal to Political Parties Instead of the Nation: 99% of us are not politicians, which means that in the game of Us vs. Them, ‘us’ doesn’t refer to a political party but to the rest of the Maltese population. When things happen in this country – when, for example, we are discussing things like spring hunting, corruption, divorce or civil rights – siding with politicians rather than for our ideals or the good of the nation is detrimental to democracy. The question here is simple: How much are we willing to give up on in the name of partisan politics?
Stop Embracing Stereotypes: Yes, this happens in most societies but very few people in Malta call their fellow citizens out on it. We happily go through life assuming people in lower classes vote for a particular party, and that those in the South are less educated than those in the North – even if we have evidence to the contrary. We also assume that women want to be mothers, that men love football and that foreigners are disrespectful towards us because they don’t learn the language. What this does is make us oblivious to what and how we could learn from each other.
Stop Accepting Everything: Social media platforms may give us the illusion that people are more vocal than ever but, in reality, most of us hide behind a screen and pretend to be active citizens. Yet the truth is that we are the most ridiculously docile people ever. We just complain and do nothing about this. Even protesting in Malta feels like a tea party. Get up and do something. Stand up for what you believe in, be it a better wage or more rights. In other words, get angry – but not violent…that helps no one.
Don’t be a pastizz!
Is there anything else that pisses you off about the Maltese?