Unlawful to die in Italy!
by Mario Fusco
Not for the Mayor of Falciano to find a mundane solution such as contracting with Carinola to bury Falciano’s dead in Carinola’s cemetery, or of building a new cemetery for Falciano. Better not to allow anyone to die: more humane, more cost effective, and ecologically sounder. No penalty is specified for contravening the anti-death city ordinance, and it is known that at least two elderly residents of Falciano have shamelessly contravened it already.
In all fairness, it must be admitted that Mayor Fava HAS sought remedies more likely to bring about a lasting solution to the dilemma, and has decided to challenge death because of the failure of these more orthodox remedies. Having raised the awareness of the Italian public, he hopes now to be able to tackle the problem effectively. So the injunction against dying will eventually be lifted and anyone who so wishes will be able to die in Falciano del Massico. But, at least for now, it is illegal to die in Falciano del Massico.
Which makes one wonder why such creative solutions could not be found at the national level to tackle some of Italy’s more pressing problems. Can the Italian Parliament pass a law to forbid unemployment, for instance?