Last week we delved into the first 5 main characteristics of Maltese personality that make our people relatively poor. Now it’s time to have a look at the final 5, in the hope of lending them a helping hand in cutting some of the bad habits that are regularly holding them down.
They expect the government to do it all for them
The best job in Malta still seems to be mal-gvern, and it’s the government who should take care of education, hospitalisation, public transport and anything that occupies a big chunk of their lives. They look at the government as some altruistic man dispensing money out of his own pockets, rather than a head honcho conducting everything by virtue of their very own money.
They just love putting together the sacred and the profane
With almost 400 churches and more than 100 village feasts, rarely could one encounter a more religious population than the Maltese. They take their religious celebrations to a higher level, namely by their typical pique among the każini, the Hedonistic rite of passage involving obscene amounts of booze in daylight, swearing and chanting at the morning marċ in front of a church that is practically an accessory at that point. They do it all in the name of the heavens really, but forget that such a way of doing things is highly pagan in nature: “Ma tagħmlu xejn!”
They have some kind of allergic reaction to books
This one is relatively easy. Many of them just hate books. How many books have you given out as a present and how many have you gotten in return? The National Book Festival is happening soon, but many still perceive it as another family fun fair at which one gets a couple of novels that could last him a year – until the next festival at least. They would rather keep watch of who’s sitting next to them on the bus, and talk nonsensically of anyone who’s not around, rather than browse through a book and get immersed in some magical world that takes them far away.
They are basically monolingual
Many still can’t master at least one of the 2 official languages. The ones who are vociferously in favour of one language are most probably inadequately competent to speak or write the other. Also, resistance by those who believe that they can do without the other language gives rise to an inward-looking and parochial life stripped naked of big dreams and good fortunes. “Mhux xorta?” – Languages take you pretty far.
They must go everywhere by car
Being “the laziest, most obese and most car dependent” nation in the EU, the Maltese risk reaching higher alarming levels of an unhealthy lifestyle. They are already a miniature species, but are now running the risk of being dubbed The Short Potbellied People from the centre of the Mediterranean; a symbol of Maltese heritage as authentic as the Maltese bus or the pastizz.