Letter from the Founder
I was born in 1936 in a small Sicilian town in the South of Italy.
On the contrary, I have very clear memories of what came after. I grew up throughout my secondary and university education as well as my professional life in the post-war era. First it was the period of reconstruction and in the successive decades to our days, we have seen the prevailing of the market economy and of globalization.
In the last 60 years the world has witnessed the most dramatic expansion
in terms of technological innovation and economic growth, as well as an
upgrade in quality of life for several hundreds of millions of people.
However, in those years, there has been a tremendous amount of imbalances
building up in the human society.
We tolerate that nearly 1 billion people suffer from hunger, starvation, and malnutrition and probably some 30 million people die every year directly or indirectly due to starvation and hunger, of which 6 million are children, and that in various parts of the world there are recurrent cases of genocides, deportations, descructive pandemics such as HIV or malaria, niches of slavery, human trafficking and finally, widespread abuse of women and children, even in rich countries.
As human beings, we should all be proud of our technological and economic achievements, but should also be very ashamed of the imbalances and tragedies that exist in the world.
I ask myself: am I guilty for these problems, is it my fault? Indeed the answer is no. It is true however that I carry my part of responsibility for not doing enough to correct those problems.
And I believe that the same feeling should be shared by at least the top 1 billion people in the economic ranking of the world population who enjoy a good quality of life and benefit from our technological and economic progress.In my view, today humanity faces 3 major problems:
I believe that the above three problems are the root cause of all the major problems that humanity is confronted with, including wars, terrorism, genocides, and starvation for hundreds of millions of people.
Of those problems, the worst and most difficult to correct is the first one (the excessive inequality in the distribution of wealth) because it originates from the intrinsic egoistic nature of human beings. I am convinced that most of the political and economic laws and rules governing the world are de facto driven by the top 1% - by wealth - of the world population; and those laws and rules drive today the economic affairs in the world into growing inequality.
I believe that governments generally do not lead but follow their citizens.
In the end, individuals are the real movers.
The only solution in the long term lies in widespread improvement of education and social awareness involving billions of people that will act both as individuals and as members of the institutions to which they belong (business enterprises, political or cultural organizations, public administrations, governments, etc) to move the world in the direction of more social solidarity.
In the present world scenario, children deserve the maximum attention:
on one side to protect them as they are the most vulnerable human beings;
on the other to educate them because they will be the future citizens
of the planet and ultimately, the continuous cultural evolution of humanity
to build a better world depends on them.
We also believe that, in order to help children, we must also help mothers to become more educated and financially independent. We also need to help in developing the social environment (family, school, village, …) in which the children grow up.
We are very well aware that no matter how successful our efforts will be, they will represent a drop in an ocean of needs. But we believe that any contribution is valuable for the few people we can materially assist, and we can help spread the social awareness with the many more people that we can reach intellectually.