OPINION: Is This The Way We Are?

  • A group of passers-by on the opposite side of a Valletta bastion, mocking and egging a person (with problems pacing up there at the top of the bastion) to jump…
  • Doctors and others defending in the press the committing of abortion without one single word ever being said about the unborn child’s rights to life…
  • Strong arm discipline in our prisons which goes overboard to levels which push certain inmates to the point where they take their own lives.
  • Former Sliema waterpolo player Sean Meli braving the treacherous and simply merciless seas off the Sliema promenade’s Chalet, to save the life of a young Chinese lad in what were actually close-to-death conditions.

Which are the true Maltese?  Archbishop Charles Scicluna bravely challenged us all to ask these questions during his Christ the King celebration homily in that beautiful Paola church.  What would your stance be if the person concerned is your brother, sister, father or mother?  Would you mock him and urge him to take his life? Would you kill a baby that has acquired a life of born-plus-one-month… if no then why advocate killing a baby that has a life of born-less-x-months?  If you are a prison warder and your orders require you to visit every single hour the mentally problemed inmates, would you do that duty or not?

These are all questions which are hitting hard at that other basic underlying question: what constitutes the real DNA of us Maltese? Have we now got to the stage where a generation of materialistically minded persons, with absolutely no sense of any values whatever, is increasingly coming to the fore?

If the answer to the last question above is ‘Yes’, then, for our country’s own collective state and for its future hopes, we need to follow up the question by a long and indeed endless series of “Whys”.  Have the media glorified violence? Have we absolutely lost the sense of God and sin? Is our educational system a failure to the extent that it does not give priority to bringing up people with values? Are the pressures of day-to-day life in today’s society such as hampering parents from doing their duties in bringing up citizens with good values? Is our political class collectively a failure such as in fact no longer providing role models and propagators of what is good and condemning what is wrong irrespective of whichever parry ever happens to be in power? Has what has been done to turn Maltese society into a cosmopolitan society, including having here many foreign workers, effected us in such manners as deteriorating the importance of values in our Maltese society? 

Our collective reality has reached a stage such that when brave people, like Sean Meli, perform outstandingly good deeds these are not only given media coverage but the political class treats them as no different to when some capable youth wins a bronze medal in tiddlywinks at some foreign event or games. The solitude and uniqueness of good is lauded whilst little if anything is done to create a society where the bad is not condemned and punished strictly.

Which is the real Maltese society?