Rome, Italy, the land of ancient ruins and post modern cultural self consciousness, is a beacon of old world civilization. Yet it is among the global leaders in food and fashion exports and its cinema verite is the envy of Europe. Still, its capital is like a tourist resort where natives seem lost in their own homeland. In an archaic vista of such beauty, inhabitants thrive on a down beat artistic expression of the human condition exposed in their films. They seem more alive when waxing philosophical over existential frailties. It’s almost as if the Eternal City is the senior capital of mortal vanity.
This can be seen in the city landscape filled with architectural wonders that have survived the centuries to let Italian identity stand still in a part of the world entrenched in living history. There is so much art in their humanity that you can’t imagine red, white and green flag bearers as conquerors of the ancient world. After all, the collection of divided states beset by foreign invaders for 500 years was only reunited in the 19th century and didn’t join the first world until the economic miracle of the 1960s. So how could they have been a world beater or super power of B.C. times?
Many statues and artifacts from the Eternal City resemble a hybrid of peoples mixed with ancient Englishmen and the identity of the Roman ruling class has seemingly never been fully established via archeological DNA. A hint is that the British gene pool can be traced off the UK islands to the mainland of the Iberian Peninsula. Could Rome have been to old world Brit conquest what America is to the new one? And if not, then why is English the most widely used international language today while Italian and/or Latin are tongues that did not flourish with the Roman Empire?
The theory is that modern Italy is an aged nation of old souls and that Italians were the first Caucasians descended from the horn of Africa and the alleged origin of the human race. This explains why here in the U.S. full blooded Southern Mediterraneans who arrived late to America are often treated as second and third class citizens who don’t seem to fit in except as marginalized everymen, stereotypes or oppressed outsiders. But mortal vanity in the Eternal City as a senior capital may contain the missing link to us all in a people so old as to be segregated in their agedness.
This would explain why their less than replacement birth rate is among the lowest in Europe, their culture thrives as a modernist touchstone yet co-exists in antiquity and Italian blood is often of O and AB types that are known to be universal donors and recipients or a de facto mixture of all races. If this is scientifically proven to be true in further search for the off white rainbow of human origin, then discrimination against them would be seen as the ultimate form of ageism against a middleman race that is as much a part of all of us as our earlier African common ancestors.
In the old country, Italians of Europe age well. But domestic olive skins and voweled surnames are a long forgotten minority in the U.S. at 5 to 6 percent per capita. Nearly 70 percent of media depictions of Americans of Italian decent involve negative imagery. Statistically, mostly those of mixed race or altered names enjoy fair and equal opportunity. At the same time, if they are among the most dated of folks, the senior capital of mortal vanity in the Eternal City must reach out to the young souls of America to befriend a free land named after a lost Italian explorer.
Opinion by Henry Festa