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michil Saturday, 1 August 2015

The Ladin Grande Dame: Thank you Hilda for having taught us how to live together

Co-existing means living all together, being alone yet surrounded by the multitude. Co-existence is none other than the prerequisite of our humanity.
The Ladin Grande Dame: Thank you Hilda for having taught us how to live together
 
 
 
Since time immemorial the big have always eaten the small, there has always been an attempt by the strongest to assimilate their weaker counterparts. The quest for power is an illness of our society, perhaps of humanity in general.
Finding balance is only possible thanks to our link and co-existence with Nature.
The native Americans were shocked by the fact that the white men wanted their land. How can one think to be able to possess the territory when we ourselves are part of it?
Conquest is an obsessive consequence of possession. We live this contradiction: we want to live on this Earth, but on the condition to possess it all, and this implies conquest, destruction, violence. Either we start to harmonise the relationship between ourselves and Nature by coexisting, or our future can only be death. Not death of an individual, but of humanity at large. Between ourselves and Nature reigns a contract of indelible matrimony. If we break it we destroy ourselves.
Every marriage is a relationship between human beings. The other person pushes me to saying, ‘tell me more about me’. It’s the other person who makes me feel I belong and where I come from.
I am of Ladin origin. My story here begins as follows: one fine day, it will have been early 2008, I received a telephone call. It was the great Ladin lady, Hilda Pizzinini, on the other end of the line. I jumped to attention thinking what she could possibly want of me. “Michil, you need to submit your candidature to become President of the General Ladin Union’’, she informed. Now the ‘Union’ is the coordinating cultural association of all the Ladin valleys.”. “Thank you, thank you Hilda, I am more than happy to be Ladin, and even if it does not always seem a benefit, I love our little Ladin world. However I don’t have the skill nor ability to lead the Union”, I attempted to inform her. “We’ll see about that. I’d like you to come to my house this afternoon”, she replied bluntly.
From that moment I began to visit Hilda with a certain frequency: in those long afternoons she began to illustrate the problems, explain the opportunities, to educate me, to train me. She always told me how difficult it was to deal with ‘those in Bolzano’. Since time immemorial the big have always eaten the small, there has always been an attempt by the strongest to assimilate their weaker counterparts. The quest for power is an illness of our society, perhaps of humanity in general. I was elected President of the Union in October 2008. The meetings with Hilda continued without break, she officious and intent in her instruction.
Thanks to her the Ladin folk had to consider the real fundamentals of their identity, a process fundamental for the growth of this population, a population too often used to debating and establishing relationships purely on economic considerations, and too easily forgetting the consequences of times past, these often based on abuse of power and oppression. Take for example the three party division of 1923 which was an attempt to cancel the Ladin identity. Hilda Pizzinini always fought for Ladin unity, split as it is today between three provinces and two regions. She always taught the importance of one written language, it serving as a uniting force between all of us. She always fought against the reluctance of we Ladins to listen to good sense, each valley going its own way with its own idiom. At times we remain small and divided, unreceptive and disinterested. It seems that the performance of the latest tourist season is a more important consideration, than a population’s language. There is still much of Hilda’s work to be done.
Hilda is no longer with us. A great person has left us. However these are not reasons to feel abandoned. We have all which she stood for, the important values which she sought to transmit to us. Add to this her tenacity, a merit we too should use so as not to submit to the current powers. Also we have her strength to lean on, a resilience which should encourage us to raise our heads at times when it seems that the world is against us. Hilda is now in paradise, flying high in the skies. To my mind comes Littleleaf, the American Indian, who writes: “For you white men Paradise is in the sky; for us Paradise is on Earth. When you took Earth from us you also deprived us of Paradise”. I think that a part of Hilda is still here with us, on this Earth made of rocks, rivers, trees, meadows, and human beings who speak a common language which reflects respect and co-existence. And then I see her again there up on high, and I greet her up over the mountains, over the clouds, above the vastness of the skies.

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