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  • Luigi Sapiano

What's It Going To Take for Us Give A Shit

Don’t get me wrong, I get it, we live busy lives. But when’s the last time you stopped to give a shit.

Really paused and taken in all that’s happening around you. Not around the whole world, but in Malta alone.

There’s been a 25% population increase since 2011, bringing the total number of people living here to 519,000 people. Another 25% increase will take us to 650,000 by 2032.

Can we really handle another 131,000 people on this island?

Crime is on the rise, and so are prices. Corruption is rampant. Construction is killing us and the kids are getting fatter because of it.

Traffic is driving us crazy and the heat is only making everything worse.

Our politics are weak and divided and our people have given up hope on politicians.

When’s the last time you read a headline about Robert Abela? It feels like there hasn’t been so much as a whisper out his mouth since the elections.

Ever since he got our stamp of approval it seems he’s been busy taking care of business.

We have some questions for Robert Abela though, questions that have been on our mind since even before the election.

For more than 30 days Robert Abela refused to sit with journalists during the campaign. It’s been 150 more days since then, and still no interview with the independent press. You begin to wonder how many more days are left?

Opposition leader Bernard Grech hits headlines more often. It's never really good news though. He’s fighting off allegations of being a fraud, a liar, a backstabber, a traitor and a thief.

Oh, and not by the Labour Party. It’s from his own colleagues, former political allies, servants of the Nationalist party for more than 20 years.

Ever since Bernard Grech took a hold of the Nationalist party it’s only sunk deeper and deeper into the abyss. Not even Bernard Grech could disagree with that statement

And so where does that leave us? It’s time to start giving a shit. Not for a couple of days. Not till the hype quiets down. Not till we’re forced to move on to the next fucked up thing that absorbs out attention. And not because social media thinks it's cool or doesn’t.

But till we can hope to shift our course in a direction that makes us proud of the country we’re leaving behind us.

What’s it going to take for us to start giving a shit? More importantly, how are we meant to give a shit? Apathy is the downfall of democracy, yet are we only capable of angry reacting to a post on social media and then moving on with our lives? If we fall into a state of hopelessness, a state of feeling like no matter what we do, the status quo will never change- we are automatically making that state a reality.

Voicing concerns, attending protests, writing articles, making that phone call to an authority might feel like a drop in the ocean. Yes we’ve heard the old adage of “we're stronger together than we are alone”, so much so that we’re tired of it- why spend our life fighting injustices when we could sit back and enjoy what we have.

To that question I’d say- we shouldn’t. We have a duty to safeguard what is right and just but more importantly we have a right to a decent standard of living. A right to a corruption free country. A right to live in a safe country.

It starts with us and it will end with us.

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