Here my commentary on stay human. (in Italian)
First of all I want to thank Fulvio Renzi, curator of the project STAY HUMAN – THE READING MOVIE for giving me this opportunity.
Then, for all people who are now probably asking for who I am, my name is Paolo and I recently went to Palestine, to Hebron to be exact, with the ISM (INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY MOVEMENT), the same association which Vik belonged to.
During my experience in West Bank I wondered many times what it meant to stay human, but more importantly I wondered how to stay human. Because it was not easy to stay human every time I saw a Israeli soldier or settler to humiliate, to offend, to treat or mistreat the Palestinian more like animals than human beings. Or every time I saw a Palestinian home demolished... So I thought that if I knew how to stay human than I understood what it meant to stay human.
Well, for me to stay human means don't turn our back when we are witness of injustice, it means not to abandon the victims of violence, it means to stay always on the side of the weakest, on the side of the suffering people, on the side of those who are oppressed and never on the side of artful, violent or bully people, the bully or the powerful people, because the history has taught us that nearly always the powerful people are also the bullies.
To stay human also means to look at ourselves and discover that we still have a heart, to discover that we are more interested about the human relationships than money or success in life, to stay human means to be with a clear conscience, to be at peace with ourselves, believing we have always done what we think is right rather than what is imposed on us in some way from society patterns which are corrupt, violent and even coward.
To stay human means to find ourselves with a life filled with friends and people who love us rather than to find ourselves, perhaps with an important job, rich, but alone or surrounded by people who fear or hate us.
To stay human means essentially to be able to look at our own eyes and don't feel shame.
But I'd like to conclude my brief comment with a piece of a Vik's sentence. Vik once wrote: we will continue to make poems of our lives, until freedom will not be recited on the broken chains of all oppressed peoples.
That's it, for me stay human mean to continue to make poems of our lives.