Let’s stop mentioning Aldo Moro. I say this first of all to myself and to the director Marco Damilano. And then to the many who perhaps have less habit and / or less affinity with the Moroteo lexicon, yet do not give up clinging to some of his phrases to embellish their deeds and strut with his prose. Let’s stop stuffing every speech, every interview, every editorial, every reflection with a few words stolen from the many and many that Moro uttered in his time – and for which there were then misunderstandings and misunderstandings.
Moro’s quotes are like the bow that embellishes our packages, the parsley that season our dishes, the icing that garnishes our cakes. There is no occasion for which one of his sentences is not good. Whether it is courage or prudence, the times that must mature or rather the times that start running, the opponents who cannot be attacked or the friends who must not be tried, the changes that must be promoted or the stability that goes. propped up. And again, and again, and again. A real assault on the archives where you can find everything you need. It is enough only to bend it to the circumstances of the moment and to the – perhaps very transitory – convenience of the interested parties.
The fact is that though Moro was the son of a season. And we are today in another time. His sentences made sense in the context of those years. They offered a compass to a policy that moved on that chessboard. Today the chessboard is another. Extracting those words from that context makes them useless and even incomprehensible. If not like the tinsel needed by those who have few arguments on their side.
Moreover, it will not be useless to remember that in his day Moro was criticized and even reviled precisely for his language. Smoky, abstruse, ambiguous. Such was not, in truth. But his many opponents told of him as a snake charmer. Sometimes with a kind of admiration, more often with a real horror.
It was the language of a powerful man, who made the difference and exposed himself to controversy and misunderstandings, sometimes even unpleasant. As it should be.
Now, on the other hand, another Moro appears on the scene through interposed quotations. Sweetened, chopped, stretched here and there, good for all uses. A consumer item worn out by a politics that no longer knows how to produce new things. And therefore she must cling to phrases from other times to explain herself, her twists and turns, her tightrope walkways.
At the time, Moro regretted not being listened to enough, nor understood enough. He believed he was speaking clearly, and that if anything the smokescreen was raised by those who interpreted him in ways that did not please him. But it is probable that he would be even more embarrassed to discover today that his distant descendants, and even those descended from other loins (indeed, sometimes especially the latter) flower their speeches almost daily with a few sentences that he had elaborated to explain quite other things.
A politician is above all tied to his time. It is there that it takes root, there that it develops projects, there that it explains itself. Dragging him to another time, governed by such different rules and customs, exposes him to a deformation. That nobody deserves. And even less those who no longer have the opportunity to add a single word to the many he has spoken.
So let’s let silence fall. Let that silence tell us about the old days and that some other words, perhaps more current, forged for the occasion and not stolen from Wikipedia, explain what we have become.
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