27 Jul 2012 Of statesmen and politicians
Quoting Alcide de Gasperi who was founder of the Italian Christian Democratic Party and one of the Founding Fathers of the European Union , Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti recently said that a politician looks at the next elections whilst a statesman looks at the next generations.
‘un politico guarda alle prossime elezioni, uno statista alle prossime generazioni’
This also means that winning an election or being elected to parliament is not an end in itself, but a means to an end.
The end is that of furthering and contributing to the well-being of that particular society especially in the long term.