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Lo stesso accade per le culture e le identità: quando se ne parla troppo è accaduto o sta per accadere qualcosa di negativo. Le culture, come le comunità, dovrebbero stare lontane dalla cronaca – per vivere meglio. L’enfasi sempre maggiore posta sulle culture e sulle loro presunte radici conduce a una crescente attenzione verso il locale e i localismi. Accade poi che alcuni localismi, impugnati da élite dotate di sufficiente potere, vengano gonfiati di aspirazioni globali: le regioni vogliono diventare stati, i dialetti lingue e cosí via.

Un vecchio vestito di rosso, con la barba bianca, che viaggia su una slitta trainata da renne, animali pressoché sconosciuti ai nostri bambini, e che porta doni. Quanto c’è di religioso in tutto questo? Quando ero piccolo e la cultura made in Usa non era ancora cosí pervasiva, a portare i doni era Gesú Bambino, lui sí legato alla tradizione cattolica. Ma per noi bambini c’erano due piccoli Gesú: uno era quello rappresentato dalla statuina nel presepe, che rimandava la nostra immaginazione a un’idea di religione che forse non eravamo in grado di decifrare, l’altro una figura misteriosa che attendevamo con ansia per vedere i regali che ci avrebbe portato.

Il dibattito che ne è seguito nel dicembre 2002 e le remore manifestate da vari esponenti politici del nostro continente sono stati presentati dalla maggior parte dei media come una questione di carattere religioso. Che cosa accadrebbe se nel club euro-cristiano entrasse uno stato islamico? Questo sembrava essere il problema. Molto minore è stata l’enfasi posta sul fatto che la Turchia, con i suoi 67 milioni di abitanti, risulterebbe il paese piú popoloso dell’Unione e pertanto avrebbe diritto a un elevato numero di deputati nel Parlamento europeo.

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