The Athenians had their agora, the Romans had their Forum, the Maltese have Xarabank. The Athenians produced Plato and Socrates, the Romans Cicero and Virgil, and we have Peppi and his blog. I do not enjoy having a go at Mr. Xarabank but he does represent (maybe inadverently) the race to mediocrity in this country – worse than that, satisfying the needs of the mediocre crowd is the fuel that keeps Xarabank’s engine running.
Meta ltqajt ma’ Gerald James Borg biex nippreparaw għall-programm ta’ qabel il-Eurovision minn Għawdex rajtu jirrabja għall-ewwel darba f’ħajti. Staqsejtu “Allura x’messaġġ fiha din id-diska Vodka?” Ħraqtu.
Qalli “Mela llum id-diski jkun fihom bilfors messaġġ. Din l-idea li aħna niktbu s-songsgħax naħsbu li twelidna biex inbiddlu id-dinja m’għadiex teżisti. Din songbiex in-nies jieħdu pjaċir jisimgħu u jħossu li jridu.” Nahseb li Gerald għandu raġun.
Hawn Malta għadna mkaħħlin li ktieb, programm tat-televixin jew radju jrid jgħallem, irid ikollu messaġġ. Frankament inħares lejn din l-atitudni bħala arroganza ta’ min jaħseb li huwa moralment ‘il fuq mill-oħrajn u jrid jgħallimna kif għandna ngħixu.
Hafna nies jgħiduli li fl-aħħar Xarabank għandu jkollu konklużjoni, xi ħadd jgħid x’inhi l-verita’. Fil-blog li jmiss ngħidilkom għala naħseb li jekk nagħmlu hekk inkunu qed noqtlu lil Xarabank…
It is reassuring to find that Peppi has not yet discarded the “għ” in his communications with the people. On the other hand the part of the quote that I marked in red is proof, if you needed it, of the idea of Maltese Relativism. Oh won’t the reader be pleased when he finds out that it is arrogant of someone to expect that a book, a tv or radio programme, has to teach or has to contain some kind of message? For the next blog post we will wait for Peppi to tell us why it would be bad for Xarabank authors to state what is the truth at the end of the programme.
While the stomach turns the mind struggles to find a reply to this kind of reasoning. The only word that comes to my mind right now is actually “sandpaper”. I cannot tell you why. And I won’t. After all it would be arrogant of you to expect that there is a reason for everything.