The Hypocrisy of the word ‘Tradition’ in Malta

It is intrinsically hypocritical how society sometimes uses the word ‘tradition’ to cloak its most disgusting habits. As though ‘tradition’ were an excuse. Yes, we are the only country in the European Union which sanctions spring hunting. It’s ‘tradition’. Yes, we have ‘karrozzini‘, that is small horse-drawn carriages which clog the streets and pester tourists to slowly view the capital city while riding, jostling and sweating, on malnourished and dehydrated horses at exorbitant prices – it’s ‘tradition’. Yes, many people pen said horses in small unlighted rooms where they have to stay for days on end in the sweltering heat, beat them into submission when they make too much noise, and snap at anyone who dares to say that Malta is not a country which can support such big animals, since we do not have extra land to pasture them and let them graze in (we ARE a fairly small island after all), but hey, it’s ‘tradition’!

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What about all those minorities who do not fit into what the masses still think of as ‘tradition’? How about that monstrously glorified institution – the ‘traditional’ family? During election-times super-inflated posters portraying dear grandma with her knitting, grandpa and his bushy eyebrows, handsome daddy, petite MILFY mommy, a Pollyanna-like daughter, a buck-toothed cheeky son, a fluffy dog and a charming cat, swallow streets, roads, roundabouts and every blank wall imaginable – what about all the single-parent families? What about families where there is only one grandma and one daddy, but no mummy? What about, all the gods forbid, having two parents of the same gender? What about couples without children? Of course, these do not fall within the ‘traditional family’ type the archbishop of Malta loves to talk about in his sermons, so they are ignored like the plague.

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Some time ago, while going to the hairdresser’s after work, I was stupefied and stunned when, as I was passing in front of a private meeting place for a particular Christian group, I saw a notice quoting the Bishop and the Archbishop. I simply had to stop and read it, even though it turned my stomach. No, I am not going to go into details here, suffice it to say that the description of the ‘traditional family’; what it ought to be, and what it ‘has become’ due to the distancing of the people from the church, was simply illuminating.

Honestly, one must not only be blind and obtuse and totally out of this world to not realize WHY people are alienating themselves from this kind of mentality. About bloody time too! How anyone could swallow this type of elitist hatred-inducing bullshit is quite beyond me. Some people just like feeling that they are part of a ‘special’ club I suppose, even though it sucks. It’s like the bullies at school. They usually conglomerate in a group because this makes them feel like they are better than everybody else – the superior race of hypocritical opportunism if you will.

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I am not saying that every Christian is like this, nor that every religion is (though yes many individuals DO view religion in this manner – talk about psychosis), however this mentality of exclusion is unfortunately permeating Malta, and it has been doing this for as long as I can remember. Shall we clap our hands and swallow it all, simply because this corrupt and intolerant mentality is ‘traditional’ – in that it has been unchanging in a long time? Well, apparently as soon as one affixes the magical word ‘tradition’ to something, it becomes untouchable, so… why not?

*Sigh*

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I hope you DO get my world-weary sarcasm here?

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4 comments on “The Hypocrisy of the word ‘Tradition’ in Malta

  1. I have a friend who left from Malta and went to live in the UK because she didn’t like the whole conservative Christian thing they have going there. After you saying that I am not sure I really want to go there

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    • It is ok for a holiday. As a country it is beautiful and relaxing and the number of archaeological and historical treasures one can find on such a tiny island is amazing. Personally however, I find it very hard and stressful, not to mention limiting, to live here. I try to have as little contact with the natives as possible (Even though I am one myself). Having always lived here, I have learnt not to expect anything else, however I would imagine for someone who has lived somewhere else his whole life, where s/he could be himself and express himself liberally without encountering any negativity or social bullying, it would be worse. That being said, I know people from other countries who have opted to live here, as they say the pace of day-to-day life is more relaxed, however they all complain and are not happy with the general mentality. Were you thinking about coming to live in Malta?

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      • No but I have a good friend who was a girl and transitioning into a guy and she couldn’t do this in Malta so she left there and went to University in the UK and lived her life basically starting afresh as she didn’t like people’s attitudes there. It looks lovely as a place, I would still go myself but not to live. If you hate it, why don’t you leave? the UK is pretty good I lived there for a while 🙂

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      • Lol I love the country, I hate the people. As such leaving is harder than it sounds, particularly since I have quite a good and stable job here, which is something quite difficult to find anywhere (economical problems and all that). Recently I have also purchased some property with my boyfriend, which makes it even harder for us to leave. At least right now. In the future though… who knows 🙂

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