Keep faith in humanity?

I spare myself to describe the beliefs that are part of the flying spaghetti “gospel”, but I would like to congratulate the IRN for the seriousness it has dealt with in this increasingly insane world.

As the pandemic progresses, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain faith in humanity, so many and so diverse are the signs of insanity that we face every day.

I am not referring to the ravings of Trump's legal team, which for lack of facts has embarked on unspeakable conspiracy theories. However, this week, Biden appears to have won the election a second time and the transition will begin.

I am also not thinking about the PCP's dullness, which insists on holding its congress at the same time as the pandemic starts. After all, the PCP has also held the Festa do Avante and is not exactly a party given to learn from the mistakes of the past.

Nor do I refer to the hilarious attempt to throw Cavaco Silva over the responsibility for holding the said PCP congress. Politicians taking responsibility for their acts and omissions is a rare thing and, therefore, shaking the water from the cloak is almost anything.

It does not even occur to me to criticize the strategy of combating the rampant increase in the number of people infected with "bridges" for students and teachers and "tolerances of time" for public officials. Who, having received the salary in full, has ever complained about not working?

The reason for the difficulty in maintaining faith in humanity is much smaller. Apparently insignificant.

In fact, this week, news circulated that the Institute of Registries and Notaries (IRN) had dealt extensively with the legal question of whether a person might require taking a photo of their citizen card with their heads covered.

The question is, in itself, quite delicate, because the way in which each identifies himself (before the public authorities and before third parties) is not at all neutral from the point of view of their fundamental rights. There are religious, cultural, medical and even aesthetic motivations that find support in religious freedom, in the free development of the personality and even in the right to the image.

Consequently, a nun's pretension to have herself photographed with a veil on her head, a Sikh to wear a turban, a Jew wearing a kippah or an Islamic woman to appear with the corresponding veil is attentive.

Non-religious motivations may be less powerful, but should not be dismissed a priori.

It turns out, however, that the case that gave rise to the aforementioned IRN report concerns a character who, invoking his status as a member of a religious confession, intended to appear on his citizen card with - nothing more, nothing less - a drainer. spaghetti tucked in the head. Not a turban, not a kippah, a hat, a veil, a beret or a hat, but a kitchen utensil. Of those who use to strain the water and leave the spaghetti and cook until pasta is!

A swept madman, then? Here comes the worst part. The church in question does exist and is called the “flying spaghetti monster church”, has faithful in multiple countries and, in some of them, has the authority to celebrate weddings. A Google search immediately completes “pasta” with “pastafarianismo”. And, of course, the respective members make a point of appearing on their identification documents with a spaghetti strainer right on top of the head.

I spare myself to describe the beliefs that are part of the flying spaghetti “gospel”, but I would like to congratulate the IRN for the seriousness it has dealt with in this increasingly insane world. And remembering a common prognosis about the ways of our society: when people stop believing in God, they don't believe in anything. They start to believe everything.


The ECB and post-pandemic inflation

Christine Lagarde has issued a warning to governments and “hawks” within the ECB: the eventual rise in inflation, after the end of confinement, cannot serve to justify an anticipation of the withdrawal of monetary stimuli. If this scenario occurs, the ECB should make it clear that it is willing to tolerate a little inflation for some time without disturbing monetary stimuli. For Portugal and other more fragile countries, this clarification will be essential.

Who created Donald Ventura?

In the political battle, pointing the blame at the wrong opponent is dangerous, because the other competitor, the real culprit who plays dirty, comes out unscathed and ready to do more damage. It should not be necessary to explain this to some politicians.

Abuses of power

In the United States with Trump, in Portugal with two journalists. There are powers that need to be framed and others that need to be more courageous and less corporate.