Isabel, the primate | The HuffPost

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Isabel Díaz Ayuso, in ‘El Hormiguero’ (Antena 3).

No, that the interviews that try to humanize politicians really animalize them. That the most radically human that exists, the most exclusively human, the height of humanity in its most specific expression, is creating empires, having moral doubts, discovering the law of universal gravity, writing The Quijote, debate where to build a new public hospital, declare war, give your life for an abstract cause, pass laws. That really is something so human that something more human cannot be thought of. What one prefers to have for breakfast, what it feels like to come across an ex in a bar, even an amazing ability to recognize Spanish pop songs from the 80s by hearing just a few seconds, is the less human side of a person, the one to which we can find more similarities among other animals.

The one we saw in El Hormiguero was the more unspecifically primate Isabel Díaz Ayuso, said without the slightest pejorative nuance

The interview of the week was, without a doubt, the one carried out with Isabel Díaz Ayuso in The Hormiguero. The interposed conflict that he maintains with José Luis Martínez-Almeida materialized here in a competition to see which of the two was more human when faced with Pablo Motos’ questions. The mayor, he said to himself, had triumphed in his time at Atresmedia precisely because of his humanity. Would the president – from Madrid, calm down, from Madrid – manage to be as human as he? That was the only slogan: in his image, in his tone, in his anecdotes, in his endearing recognition of weaknesses and flaws. Asked about the management of the pandemic and the horror that occurred in the nursing homes, Ayuso chained chaotic babbling, with no more sense than rhetoric and no more logic than emotional. Until then she tried to be human, too human.

People confuse “humanize” with “zoologize.” But, as irritating as this fact, someone has to point it out: nothing is less properly human than feelings. We share them with all the nearby branches of the evolutionary tree. It is easy to find examples of phobias in rodents, examples of phobias in pigeons. Disgust, anger, tenderness pervade the animal world. But give me an example of a hake society exposed to a conflict of moral norms that must be resolved by political agreement. Show me how the rules of a honeycomb changed after the revolution that took place on a certain day of a certain year. What makes us human is Universal History, with capital letters, not laughter, love or identity. If you are human, you have History. If you have history, you are human.

If the least special person in the world becomes special for precisely that reason, the lowest common denominator primate of the human species deserves to be received to a great ovation and shouts of “President, President!”

The more specifically human Isabel Díaz Ayuso, for better or for worse, is the one who signs resolutions in the Official Gazette of the Community of Madrid. The one we saw in The Hormiguero it was the most unspecifically primate Isabel Díaz Ayuso, said without the slightest pejorative nuance. We are all primates when we get excited when we hear our favorite song or when we are fascinated by the snowy image of our landscapes. Having ruled out the possibility of voting for a political leader for his excellence, it is now a matter of valuing vulgarity, making normality a virtue and promoting identification as an electoral weapon. If the least special person in the world becomes special for precisely that reason, the lowest common denominator primate of the human species deserves to be received to a great ovation and shouts of “President, President!”

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