Barbari siamo noi (Barbarian are us) evokes a consideration about the urgent need to decolonize our imagination and leave the big words written in capital letters that influence our cognition and interpretation of reality.
The ethnocentric attitude to see the world in according with the parameters of the own culture is an inherent phenomenon by every human community. It can socially contribute to the cohesion of the group and ensure the social identity maintenance. But ethnocentrism as emotional primary trend is usually used to support positions of power, to create public opinion and to systematically impose the image of a common enemy. This image, changeable in according to the objective, is exasperated by a competitive and contradictory system. It generates dynamics of devastation specifically developed to perpetuate a mechanism of scarcity. The dominant system is based and maintained in this mechanism. (thesis-antithesis-synthesis) These artificial beliefs find their roots in fear and are subject to distrust feelings. They are relate to actions designed to limit the contact with others and to practice discrimination. There is no longer any difference between a punishment in advance for a possible intention and the punishment of real fact. In the heart of violent cultural conflicts, the ethnocentrism is easily accompanied by intolerance, chauvinism, sexism, racism, xenophobia and war. Our real beliefs are reflected in our most intimate relationships. If we keep looking enemies will be easy find them.
Starting from the etymological analysis of the word "barbarian" in different cultures, we realize how this concept changes in that is the incomprehensible language for each one, such as Greek for anglosphere. So it's possible to find in most languages similar variants and metaphors of the barbarian's languages. But meanwhile, all them assume that misunderstanding is a failure of the speaker, the Chinese call it "heavenly language" instead, as a product of the sky that they are not able to understand.
The dichotomy between civilization and barbarism is simply a paradox and as such it is reconcilable if we accept that they are different degrees of the same essence. The separation between them is an illusion. We will still seen the others as barbaric until we realize that the lips be opened when the ears are ready to receive the words.
In Spanish we use the word barbarian also to talk about something that seems nice to do:-Bárbaro!!, hagámoslo. (-great, let's do it!) It's one of those exaggerations we usually use when love something. We used it as superlatives commonly accepted, often ignoring its origin and the implications that words acquire in our way to do.
Decolonize our imagination is urgent as well as abandon the big words written in capital letters. Because it voids our capability to criticize, ask and observe freely. We can play in another dimension if redistributing the senses, this generate barbarism and simultaneously reconstruction and civilization.
Form a free mind is a community service, it is the greatest threat against the barbarism.
Creation is an activity that liberates, that awakens the intelligence, which allows us to go back to being poets, be lovers, return to imagine a real cooperation, be aware of our nowadays civilization as members of a global interrelated community. Looking into this uncertain transition towards a new age is natural to be considered barbarians by the contemporaries... but we are not few and neither part of the problem.