Community, proximity and service. “A New Language for Politics” – ZTL

The program assembly of Ragusa Prossima, which was held on May 26 – in fact, it must be said, given the absolute importance of the issues addressed – was a moment especially awaited, not only by those who, since time immemorial , are part of the movement, but also by different political forces in our city. The assembly was attended by different political representatives of the area: the mayor of Ragusa, the president of the City Council, the Hon. Stefania Campo, the group leader of the 5 Star Movement, Sergio Firrincieli, the municipal councilor Mario D’Asta, the representative of the Italian left Gianfranco Motta and the former deputy mayor Massimo Iannucci.

Just to mention some of those who have wanted to intervene and offer their input, sharing some of the reflections offered by Giorgio Massari, founder and soul of Ragusa Prossima, Gianni Iurato, tenacious and passionate councilor of Ragusa Prossima. , and Rosario Antoci, member of the Board of Ragusa Prossima.

But now we come to the new language – but we will see that it is not new – which represents the identity of Ragusa Pròssima and those who seek to become bearers of a new, foresighted, soft view of politics and out of the ordinary. stereotypes.

A vision and a mission (or, as some say, a vision and a mission) closely linked and which translate into concrete political action, in the primary interest of public affairs and the common good.

The first of the keywords we have chosen to read Ragusa Prossima’s political, social and cultural commitment is community. Our city is and must be conceived as a city community.

A city is not a barren and anonymous place of coexistence between strangers to each other, but a community of people; not a group of individuals who, as monads, are forced to leave their closed and individualistic world, to reconnect with others only to satisfy their own need, but a community of people and, for so much, not of individuals, but of beings. relative.

Next to that, we discover the second keyword which is proximity. The term is extraordinary and is used in various fields, but always with positive connotations. Think for example of the local economy and therefore of the virtuous companies that are linked to a territory and that create job opportunities and invest their profits for the benefit of a territory or to local medicine and therefore to the facilities. local health professionals, that is, those who succeed. to provide a more effective response to the needs of citizens or local tourism that not only enhances the cultural and artistic treasures of an area, but in times of pandemic was one of the few economic resources in the area.

The term proximity in the political and social sphere acquires an even deeper and more meaningful meaning. Proximity is first and foremost to be close, to be close, to have in our hearts those around us, it is to direct our gaze towards political action, towards the reality of the city community and towards the people who they live there, towards companies. and the initiatives of the local community. Proximity is, therefore, the elimination of the distances between the actors of political action and those who benefit from them, and the distances or rather the gaps, often insurmountable, that separate individuals from each other.

Sure you will tell me that this is a utopia and I confirm that it is a real utopia, but we want to keep working and committing ourselves to make this dream come true based on local reality, that is, one that can be concretely recorded. and changed thanks to the contribution of each one of us. .
Proximity is de facto social justice – it should be clarified, to avoid misunderstandings – proximity should not be confused with kindness, but is synonymous with social justice. Not in vain, Paul VI states that justice is the minimum measure of charity.

And finally another key to understanding Ragusa Prossima’s political commitment: politics is service. To administer public affairs, at any level, is to serve the common good and the citizens, not for a personal interest, but for the higher and preeminent interest of the community, in fact, of the city community.

It is often to pay a price in person, it is to fight for one’s own ideas and projects, to the point that they are believed to be useful to the city.

So, three new words, but with an ancestral flavor, not only to decline the identity of Ragusa Prossima, but above all to read the needs of contemporary society: community, proximity and service and three reflections to conclude.

The first is linked to Bauman who sees in the community the antidote to the liquid society and, therefore, to that society in which the only certainty is uncertainty.

The second (without wanting to upset the French): there can be no true freedom and real equality without proximity and therefore without social justice.

And finally the third. Don Luigi Sturzo wrote: “Why am I involved in politics? Because I find that through it I can do good to others and realize an earthly well-being that should serve to better implement the spiritual well-being of souls. ”

Well, if we commit, if we want to acquire and share a new language of politics, it is because we believe that each of us can contribute to making the well-being of the person (of each person) in its entirety and in its being in reality a reality. relationship.

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