Harsh open letter by Alejandro Lerner on poverty and inflation in Argentina

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Alejandro Lerner shared a deep and extensive open letter on his Facebook account, in which he reflected on the economic and social situation of Argentina. In the text, he reviews sensitive issues for the country such as poverty, insecurity and inflation.

After his trip to Israel and Spain, the musician he compared both nations with Argentina and the different problems that afflict the inhabitants of every place. “Transiting through a country that lives in war, waiting for missiles, has a cost and this makes itself felt”, you described about the Middle Eastern country.

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On the other hand, about the European state he wrote: “Spain is what Argentina could be, a beautiful country with a closed language”. “There is no smell of fear in the streets, people are working and progress is a certain destination,” she described.

“I write because I can’t stop doing it”explained the decision that led him to write and publish this extensive text on his social networks, with harsh definitions of the reality of his native country.

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Alejandro Lerner was traveling in Israel and Spain.  Photo: Instagram

Alejandro Lerner was traveling in Israel and Spain. Photo: Instagram

Then, speaking of the Argentine rulers, he specified: “‘Progress’ is a word already extinct in the speeches of those who have and do not take advantage of power“.

“How can anyone understand poverty, if they have cars, drivers, offensive wages, and a level of comfort and protection?”wondered the artist, who last year had to close El Pie, his recording studio, after thirty years of activity.

“The worst thing that happens to us is that they convince us that we don’t deserve more than this – analyzed on Argentine society – It is not normal for bus drivers to die, for them to attack elderly or pregnant women, it is not normal”.

Regarding his wishes for Argentina’s future, Lerner expressed: “I want my country to change, I want my country to grow, I don’t want to think of insecurity, deaths, fear as something normal.”

Alexander Lerner.  Photo: Instagram

Alexander Lerner. Photo: Instagram

And speaking of this year’s presidential election, he specified: “Let’s not keep wasting our democracy with the excuse that we can’t change things”.

“Tomorrow is an opportunity and I don’t want to let it pass”the famous interpreter closed his text.

The complete letter of Alejandro Lerner

Saturday 15th April.

Tomorrow.

Something in me has been making noise for some time, especially after the trip to Spain and Israel.

Traveling in a country that lives in war, waiting for missiles, has a cost and makes itself felt.

The enemy is real, it’s a small country with a huge soul and they live in a state of alertness and survival, which forces them to have their priorities in order and alert.

Spain is what Argentina could be: a beautiful country with a close language, which is always a relief.

The food, the streets, the architecture, everything is familiar, but the big difference I’ve felt is that you can live in an atmosphere of calm normality and coexistence.

Alejandro Lerner shared a profound reflection on his social networks.  Facebook

Alejandro Lerner shared a profound reflection on his social networks. Facebook

There is no smell of fear in the streets.

One comment that caught my attention: “Here you can get robbed, but they won’t kill you or physically assault you to rob you.”

And this is a feeling that you breathe and share.

I rode on the bullet train, a promise they’ve been teasing us with for decades, there is a constant, built-in reality.

People work and progress is certain destiny.

I write because I can’t stop doing it.

“Progress”, a word now extinct in the speeches of those who have and do not exploit power and responsibility.

Who wants to get there and has a hungry fang to keep taking another bite of the cake that belongs to all of us.

The difference between a so-called Third World country and a First World country is conscience.

The awareness that by working you arrive and grow, that doing things well is much better than doing them badly and that lying, stealing and hurting pays off.

That Justice isn’t just people, it’s the laws and among all of us we have agreed to respect and defend them. Awareness of respect for the other.

When was the last time someone said “progress”? How did we get to this?

When did we get used to everyone stealing, everyone lying, and everyone getting away with it?

When did the percentage of poverty hurt us less than the percentage of humidity?

The serious thing is knowing that our beloved country is not poor, it is an impoverished country.

And our poverty is moral, not economic. Our wealth is as incalculable as our ignorance.

When did we accept that choosing the least worst is what we deserve?

I’m a political atheist because I fervently believe in God and I don’t see any politician talking about God, or even showing any kind of shame for their actions in the eyes of anything bigger than ourselves.

The worst thing that happens to us is that they convince us that we don’t deserve more than this.

And it’s sad to realize that this reality we’ve submitted ourselves to live could be much better than the one we’ve meekly agreed to abide by.

There are many of us who prefer to look the other way, as long as we have food, shelter and some comforts.

The levels of insecurity, crime, disorder and abandonment are more than alarming, they are pathological because we do not believe they can be changed.

Inflation is not like a fever that you caught a cold one day and got sick. Inflation is a decision.

And every day and always, there are people making the decision that we live in this uncertainty.

It’s not normal and it’s not good. It’s wrong, very wrong.

The reasons are simple. Selfishness, ambition, fear, lack of love and sensitivity, and the sickness that power breeds.

How can one understand poverty, if one has cars, drivers, outrageous wages and a level of comfort and protection that only public opinion and then Justice could strip away?

I want my country to change, I want my country to grow, I don’t want to think of insecurity, deaths, fear as something normal. No, my dears, this is not normal.

It’s not normal for bus drivers to die, for elderly or pregnant women to attack, it’s not normal.

And we are normalizing it.

I have children, I don’t want to run away.

Yes, I will travel, learn and keep pushing to expand my personal and professional horizons, but I don’t want to run away.

Let’s not continue to waste our democracy with the excuse that we can’t change things.

There is too much pain and frustration built up. And that’s not right.

Our grandparents, who came from the deepest horror, built a wonderful country.

Don’t let them take away what’s left of our dreams, for us, for ours and for everyone in general.

The worst that can happen to us is that they convince us that it is no longer in our hands.

Good men, with ability and sacrifice, that’s what I want. Greatness has become vanity and pride, and this is just another symbol of degradation.

Tomorrow is an opportunity and I don’t want to let it pass.

Kisses and hugs.

Source: Clarin

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