Yesterday I walked to the train station and deposited my vote in the ballot boxes. The voting stations closed at 12:00 noon today, and slowly the results are being made known. Another plebsicite, and again, the folk show their colours. They are not red, not green, not even blue. I am not always convinced of the wisdom of the masses, but on most occasions, in a society made up of educated and responsible people, the masses are much less likely to err and are able to think beyond the comfort of their own four walls. What is refreshing about today’s results is the clear message that populism is not all. Be it the salary limit or the family initiative, neither was well thought out, nor is it compatible with a mojority’s understanding of how we live in this country. Still, the Canton of Bern presents a problem, and it can fall victim to populism. Not that this is terribly tragic in the end, but it is tiresome to have to deal with so much lack of reason.
For all my no saying when it comes to the Bernese theatre renovation, it has more to do with my affair with other city’s cultural institutions where Zurich, Luzern, Berlin, Paris come to mind. But never mind me, I still think that cultural life in Bern takes place in intellectual penury, and that is an opinion that very few may share.
Thank you all who took the time to think, vote, and get your ballot to the box.