Wis­dom teeth

I’m re­ally not a fan of my den­tist even if I must ad­mit that Dr Mar­lene Far­ru­gia man­aged to halve my pho­bia with her gen­tle­ness and pro­fes­sion­al­ism. How­ever, I sup­pose that we re­alise what wis­dom is the mo­ment the ex­cru­ci­at­ing pain starts hit­ting that mol

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Dr An­drew Az­zopardi Dean Fac­ulty for So­cial Well­be­ing, Univer­sity of Malta & Broad­caster – Għandi xi Ngħid www.an­drewaz­zopardi.org

Let­ter

This is in­deed a life les­son be­cause wis­dom is about the walk not the talk. So here I am shar­ing very briefly some thoughts and you can judge for your­self where the wis­dom lies.

Arch­bishop Charles J. Sci­cluna

This man gets the oc­ca­sional Tweet mo­ment. This time it is the GWU’s con­tract with the gov­ern­ment on the Jobs Plus scheme for the long-term un­em­ployed. The deal ac­cord­ing to him is ‘shame­ful’ and if it was un­der­handed or sim­ply in­ten­tioned to ap­pease the union’s cof­fers he is right to point it out. I still think that whilst re­act­ing on Twit­ter is com­mend­able one needs to un­der­stand that peo­ple still get grouchy when unions or par­ties are put on the spot.

Prime Min­is­ter Dr Joseph Mus­cat

This ‘we are the under dogs’ the­sis smells of elec­toral cam­paign­ing and makes me spin right round. All who are in gov­ern­ment have an ad­van­tage over their op­po­nents and no one can deny that. They are the ones with the best me­dia ex­po­sure, have ac­cess to all the in­for­ma­tion and know ex­actly when to pull the ropes – so please go to the next line.

Leader of the Op­po­si­tion Dr Si­mon Busut­til

This David and Go­liath rhetoric is so in­ap­pro­pri­ate and in­sult­ing if you ask me. I can un­der­stand where it is com­ing from, but if Dr Si­mon Busut­til con­sid­ers the Na­tion­al­ist Party he leads as ‘David’ com­pared to ‘Go­liath’ there would be some­thing I am miss­ing. The Na­tion­al­ist Party in my eyes has stood its ground when the sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try was a mess. ‘Ed­die’ as I will al­ways (af­fec­tion­ately) call him was a states­man sec­ond to none who turned around the free-fall this coun­try was plung­ing into. He made Malta what we see now with its good and not so good bits and he did that be­cause even against the odds he be­lieved in his party’s cap­i­tal. In my eyes the PN is a mas­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion and what needs to be sorted out is the sus­pi­cious, mis­trust­ful and guarded aura it is cre­at­ing around it­self (which re­minds me of the Al­fred Sant era). If Dr Busut­til holds on to this men­tal­ity, it will in­deed make the party small.

Pro­fes­sor Al­fred Vella

I have been a full-time aca­demic for these last 10 years or so. It bodes well when an event or­gan­ised by the Rec­torate, the Pro-Rec­torate led by Dr Car­men Sam­mut and the Fac­ulty for So­cial Well­be­ing dis­cussed ac­cess to cour­ses for peo­ple with Dyslexia and Learn­ing Dis­abil­i­ties. It is only the first time I can re­call that the Univer­sity of Malta has opened its doors to public scru­tiny on mat­ters that are tra­di­tion­ally con­sid­ered as in­ter­nal de­ci­sions.

Oliver Sci­cluna

This week is es­sen­tially ded­i­cated to re­mind­ing our­selves that in the field of dis­abil­ity we have done a lot but not enough. It is good that this gov­ern­ment, like the pre­vi­ous one, has given am­ple at­ten­tion to this sec­tor how­ever... I still try and have a meal with a friend who has a phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity and don’t man­age be­cause most restau­rants are in­ac­ces­si­ble, I still try to in­vite phys­i­cally dis­abled col­leagues to con­fer­ences but they are es­sen­tially barred and I still get the star­ing and gap­ing when I’m with in­tel­lec­tu­ally dis­abled friends. So my ap­peal to the CRPD Com­mis­sioner is to keep in­spir­ing this sec­tor and mak­ing amends for this in­tol­er­ant and in­hos­pitable so­ci­ety we still live in. With peo­ple like Oliver I still have hope.

Pres­i­dent Marie Louise Coleiro Preca

These last years the Pres­i­dent has grown from strength to strength in terms of her abil­ity to do what she is best at do­ing, that is, sup­port­ing those at the mar­gins of our so­ci­ety. This com­ing month will be the Pres­i­dent’s month be­cause of the high in­ten­sity of ac­tiv­ity and me­dia ex­po­sure – an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to re­mind ‘all’ that ‘all’ is not well for ‘all’.

Bana Alabed

This seven-year-old girl from Aleppo in Syria has been shar­ing her story via Twit­ter ac­count, @AlabedBana (man­aged by her mum). I will share some of her Tweets. Any­thing I add is su­per­flu­ous:

Al­low in food. Just al­low, just .... Please al­low it for the thou­sands starving here. Why is it a prob­lem?. - Fatemah #Aleppo (25/11/2016)

Good af­ter­noon from #Aleppo I’m read­ing to for­get the war. (26/9/2016)

Last mes­sage - under heavy bom­bard­ments now, can’t be alive any­more. When we die, keep talk­ing for 200,000 still in­side. BYE.- Fatemah (27/11/2016)

Tonight we have no house, it’s bombed & I got in rub­ble. I saw deaths and I al­most died. - Bana #Aleppo (27/11/2016)

Under heavy bom­bard­ments now. In be­tween death and life now, please keep pray­ing for us. #Aleppo (28/11/2016)

We have no home now. I got mi­nor in­jury. I didn’t sleep since yes­ter­day, I am hun­gry. I want to live, I don’t want to die. - Bana #Aleppo (28/11/2016)

Need I say more?

The Malta In­de­pen­dent Wed­nes­day 30 Novem­ber 2016

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