I already am what I’m going to become: I’m a journalist

 This is my video introduction to Stirling University. I want to attend journalism university in Scotland and this is why.
(You can also find the video on Vimeo here.)

 

 I am a journalist, it doesn’t matter what people claim I should do to become one. I already am what I’m going to become. 

 I’m a journalist in my heart, I want to become a journalist in my voice. What I need is a guide. I want to attend Stirling University to study journalism in Scotland. In Italy a self-taught student is not considered, there is no certification for those who choose home-education. And without a diploma I can’t attend university, I can’t get a job, I can’t do much here. 

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Matematica – prima passione.

Un percorso hs

La matematica è sempre stata la mia passione, fin dalle addizioni. Il significato stesso di matematica mi piaceva: dal greco màthema, traducibile come ”scienza” o ”apprendimento”. Ero sempre felice di poter impararne di più, e l’apprendevo ad una velocità pareggiata solo dal mio entusiasmo.

Finché continuai ad andare a scuola, proseguii con il programma scolastico (nel mio caso, dalle addizioni alle frazioni). Poco prima del compimento dei miei dieci anni, mi ritirai da scuola, e decisi di approfondire questo studio insieme a mio padre. In parte per il mio entusiasmo, in parte per il fatto che anche a mio padre piaceva -e piace tuttora- matematica, feci grandi progressi, arrivando a risolvere i vari problemi in cui inciampavo durante i calcoli (uno dei quali era la mia iniziale difficoltà a sommare e sottrarre frazioni con denominatori diversi, condivisa dalla maggior parte dei ragazzi).

Nei cinque anni in cui ho fatto…

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Messaggio alle famiglie (wannabe)homeschooler italiane

Here’s a message from myself to the Italian families who want to try home-education.

Scuola "Iqbal e Malala"

L’homeschooling sta piano piano prendendo piede in Italia, se ne sente parlare di più, e, nonostante sia ancora una “novità” per la maggioranza, più famiglie iniziano ad interessarsi. Eppure non si è ancora chiarito cosa voglia dire fare homeschooling – non che si possa chiarire in maniera assoluta, in fondo siamo tutti diversi.
La definizione generale è quella di scuola parentale, la spiegazione più gettonata è quella di “percorso alternativo di apprendimento”, il discorso più frequente riguarda la libertà dei bambini, il loro interesse innato e la possibilità di trovare insegnamento in ogni aspetto della vita.
Molti homeschooler dicono che l’homeschooling è libertà. Libertà di apprendere, libertà di vivere fuori da quel sistema che è la scuola, libertà di scegliere, libertà di decidere per la propria educazione.
Quello che quasi tutti dimenticano, quello che sfugge alla maggior parte delle famiglie che considerano la possibilità di intraprendere questo percorso, è che…

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Freedom and Responsibility

Freedom and Responsibility

To be free is to take responsibility for your own happiness.

Today we tend to delegate to others choices we alone are responsible for. We delegate our children’s and our own education to school, we delegate our emotions to a psychologist, we delegate our happiness to someone else’s love for us, we delegate our reason to politicians and our culture to experts.

When we delegate we think we are getting rid of the responsibility. Once you send your son to school, it’s not your fault any more if he doesn’t learn, once someone loves you it’s not on you any more to remember to love yourself, once an expert declares something, you don’t have to interrogate yourself so much about it any more, and it’s not on you if the expert, and you with him, turns out to be wrong.

Delegating makes us feel like the weight of responsibility is not pushing down on our shoulders any more.

But that is just a wrong impression. Delegation doesn’t take away the responsibility, it just makes us feel justified for ignoring it.

When we delegate our education or our happiness to someone else, we are responsible not only for the choice to delegate, but also for every choice that other person makes for us.

Responsibility is always on us, we can decide to leave it to someone else to influence it or we can own it. But it’s there, it makes us responsible for everything that happens to us.

Once we own it, accept it, we are free. Then there are no sacrifices and no mistakes, there are no faults of others: everything is a choice, and everything is our choice.

Being free is not just rainbows and joy, freedom is a difficult thing to live with. Freedom means that if you’re unhappy it’s on you and you alone. Happiness is your own responsibility and shouldn’t depend on anyone else. Success is your own responsibility and shouldn’t depend on anything else. Life is your own, and no one can lead yours but you.

That’s not an easy concept.

People deny it, but freedom is a “hard” choice to make, it takes courage and determination, it takes strength and passion. It’s so much easier to keep delegating, so very less complicated to just follow the mass and standardise. Doing what you’re told or expected to do is easy, deciding what to do from scratch is not.

 

Once you are free and responsible for your life, you learn there are no failures, only lessons, and there are no sacrifices, only choices, and there are no duties, only passions, and there are no mistakes, only life.

Not because freedom is easy, but because a free life is happy even in the darkest and most difficult moments.

“No Gender” School: scared people seek safety in sexism

The gender theory had its moment of scandal and success last year with its purpose to teach children about gender identity. It brought scandal and indignation among the close-minded people in Italy, it caused more fear and hatred than agreement or curiosity, the only supporters coming from LGBT communities. And even the little support it gained didn’t come from good reasoning but from the mere wish to stand against old prejudice.

What it clumsily attempted to do was to teach children that it’s okay to be “feminine” if you’re a boy or “masculine” if you’re a girl, it is okay to be how you want to and dress and act as you like. The intent was to stop the discrimination derived from old sexist prejudice over appearance and behaviour.

But it was expressed in an impulsive and to some level aggressive manner with an unclear proposal that sounded complicated and useless. It was handled poorly and the only real effect was to irate the common people with their common closed minds.

Some felt threatened by this attempt at social evolution and rushed for shelter back under those old bigot concepts. The old worn out teaching A woman must not wear men’s clothing, nor a man wear women’s clothing, for the LORD your God detests anyone who does this” (Deuteronomy 22:5). It is ridiculous nowadays to believe in such pattern, and yet the fear of progress brings back tradition and prejudice.

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Ghostbusters 2016: A provocation


The new Ghostbusters premiered this July and received a very negative welcome. After many years of waiting for a third Ghostbusters, the fandom gets it, but it’s not a sequel as expected, instead they decided to make a reboot of the movie. The cast is a brand new one, there are cameo appearances of the original actors here and there, but this Ghostbusters tells the story of different people.

The plot is pretty much the same, from hunting ghosts to saving the world, it’s still comical, it’s still an adventure, it’s still about ghostbusters, so why did it get so much hate? The new ghostbusters are all women, the movie has a female lead and that’s the real difference from the original.

Personally I didn’t really like the movie. I’m a fan of the original one, but I’ve never been obsessed with it, I haven’t watched Ghostbusters II because I think Ghostbusters is one of those movies that shouldn’t have sequels, it’s good and funny on its own, but making a sequel is overdoing – I think pretty much the same of Star Wars, I like the original trilogy, but not the prequel and surely not the sequel they have started this year. Same goes for Ghostbusters: it was a nice, funny movie, I always like to rewatch it, but I was never interested in watching the sequel. I also wasn’t going to watch this new reboot, but the really bad criticism got me curious. My friends and acquaintances were devided, the “feminists” were excited and talked about it as the best movie of the year, the more close-minded boys were even angry about it, the smarter ones were indifferent and just commented that it wasn’t bad, but we didn’t need it.

After watching it I stand with the guys in the middle: it’s not that bad, but we could do without. It fails to equal the original – but that’s not odd considering few reboots manage to best the originals (the only remake I really enjoyed is that of Nightmare, for the mere reason that it’s terrible and completely fails to be scary, which is awesome for me because I get to watch the movie without worrying about how I’ll sleep at night). I didn’t enjoy the acting too much, but I really appreciated it as a crack movie. I like the role reversed for which the girls got the “stereotyped role for males”and viceversa. The women get to be the cool guys and the dude is the cute face only there to be looked at. It’s good to show this role reversal, for the sake of people seeing how stupid gender roles are. There probably are too many fart jokes, but it’s not like the original movie was smarter on the comical side, so overall it can be funny.

I call it an average movie I could have done without watching. But after seeing the angry mob of brainless sexist boys (and men) claiming that female ghostbusters ruin their childhood, I’m inclined to reconsider my idea: maybe we did need this movie. Even if just as a provocation.

Originally, I thought I’d watch the movie, write a mostly negative review and be done with it. Now, though, I want to address the reaction of the web. When people start insulting a movie because it has a female lead where there originally was a male lead, it’s not about the movie anymore.

If before I thought they should have avoided making this reboot, now I believe it was the right choice. It might not be successful as a film, but it certainly is as a provocation.

Though I still think that in order to fill the lack of representation on screen we should make new movies, not retell known ones. We shouldn’t suddenly change the colour of Hermione’s skin, we should write a new dark-skinned character as powerful as Hermione. But that’s harder and lately TV fails to be original.

This new Ghostbusters is a needed provocation, if not a funny film.

U.S. Elections 2016 – Donald Trump is president

 

The election of Donald Trump is not worrying because of the man who got the power. Mr. Trump is just another despicable man in a world full of those. The problem with this election is the knowledge that almost half the States agrees with Mr. Trump’s discriminatory ideas and behaviour.

Three days after the elections so many cases have already been reported of people attacking others with justifications such as “We have a new president”, “Trump won’t protect you”. It’s not like attacks, bullism and violence weren’t there before, discrimination has always been there and has always been a concrete danger. But now, all those hateful people, who didn’t dare act on that hate because afraid of the consequences, might feel somehow protected by the new president, may feel justified because they are acting on the same ideas Mr. Trump supported during his electoral campaign.

Mr. Trump won’t do all the things he threatened and promised, but the people probably will. A president represents the ideology of a Country, that might be right or wrong, but effectively the president of the U.S.A. represents the States and their position. When the president is someone who supports and emboldens discrimination, the people will feel entitled to act on his words, and they will feel protected by the knowledge that the president shares their ideas.

That, of course, is not okay. Mr. Trump’s behaviour during the campaign was not alright either, he indirectly – and some would say even directly – encouraged crimes and criminal ideologies. As a politician, that should feature as a crime in itself.

When in a country criminals feel protected by the established authority, while honest people feel scared, something is incredibly wrong.

I wouldn’t normally talk politics on my blog, but this elections have a massive social effect, and that is something I should talk about. Because it is not okay to support discrimination, no matter against who.

Quotes Wall: Bukowski Part 2


 

the choice
is yours,
he said,
morals died with God,
you’re on your
own.

 

life has abused me and I have mis-
used it.
I enjoy attacking the sun with a
squirt gun.

 

the word is one of
the most
powerful miracles
in
existence,
it can enlighten or
destroy
minds,
nations,
cultures.

 

by the time they get to your books you
are no longer in your
books.

you are on the next page,
in your next
book.

 

a killing unhappiness:
never knowing
what you might have
been.

 

our world
it’s strange, isn’t it?
you can’t
compare it to
anything else
yet you quickly
learn
that there is
something wrong
with it
and with the people
that
inhabit it.

 

the human voice besides being basically
ugly also reminds me of the human
race
and one of the last things I want to
think of and one of the first things I
want to get away from when I listen to
classical music is
the human
race.

 

the same all murderous kiss
of death clothed in a creative
art.

 

I became a writer but when I was a boy
I used to dream of becoming the village idiot

 

– quotes by Charles Bukowski