I feel powerful, independent: now I have an electric wheelchair and I have learned to use it. Now I can go outside and run my own errands. I can move freely. For me, the wheelchair is synonymous with freedom. On Holy Saturday the weather was great in Madrid. In my neighborhood with an inverted demographic pyramid, only those who use wheelchairs remain. I notice that I am the only one that goes in an electric one, the others are pushed. Live the independence! I will return the router old to the Movistar store. But of course, the store, like the vast majority of shops and business premises in Madrid, does not allow wheelchair access: it is protected by a majestic step. Not even Movistar, the queen of communication, has accessible stores. That is where freedom ends: I can leave my house, circulate on the sidewalks that are not under construction, but I cannot enter almost anywhere.
Sonsoles Ruedas Martin. Madrid
It is hard to find an article or opinion piece defending bank employees. However, employees suffer attacks, it is impossible to provide an adequate service with the commercial pressure to which we are subjected, everything happens through the sale of this or that product and if you don’t do it, your hours as an employee are numbered. With the closure of offices and layoffs of employees, the workloads have multiplied and we can’t take it anymore. Think about it, say it, the workers are not to blame.
Pierre Benavent Saavedra. Getafe (Madrid)
Summer is coming, the heat and short clothes that reveal our body and, with it, the well-known “bikini operation”. The pressure felt to fit into a body accepted within the aesthetic canon is much more focused on women. Comparisons are hateful, they say, but who doesn’t compare themselves in the era of social networks and bodies? perfect? It is a serious mistake to think that this is real and, even more, not wanting to show our bodies if we do not look like them. I wonder why it is so difficult for us to leave behind all these aesthetic stereotypes and be happy with the body we have, after all, each person is unique and beautiful in their own way. Let’s stop comparing ourselves and live comfortable with ourselves.
Marta Afán Robelló. Vilassar de Mar (Barcelona)
fear and fascination
Every time I read a piece of news about artificial intelligence I get a chill that runs through my whole body and fills me with contradictions: on the one hand, it scares me and on the other it fascinates me. I understand that in history it has already happened several times with other technological revolutions, but the exponential speed at which AI grows is very dizzying. Some experts have asked to stop their investigation until there are legal measures accordingly and more is known, Italy has even banned the use of ChatGPT. We live in fascinating times, that is clear.
Joan Lopez Santos. Madrid
Do we add up or skin ourselves? We skin ourselves. Sad reality of the Spanish left.
Jose Luis Canedo Marlasca. Madrid