Throughout history, man has communicated with his
fellow beings. However, communication is what has suffered the greatest
transformations throughout the history of the human race.
with the mysterious and ephemeral communication of our ancestors from Atapuerca,
for instance, later with the Greek agora, the nineteenth century gatherings in
cafés, and ending with the lonely communication of the Internet, man has
modified his communication.
seem that in the life of the individuals, as in the life of peoples, the fact of
communicating with each other should be related to contact or proximity. It is
obvious that it is not this way; if it were, we would think that proximity would
imply the possibility of an easy and comprehensible communication with each
present time tells us that it does not square, since the constant proximity we
share does not represent the rate equal to the degree of communication that
proximity would make us conceive.
goes by without communicating with our neighbours, life goes by ignoring our
fellow beings, those we meet daily in the street, in the doorway or those who
are beside us in the pub.
lack of communication grows and gets worse when referred to immigrants, with or
Before this social phenomenon, of great importance for our societies, our
communicative culture stands on end, closes hermetically and blocks all the ways
of communication, dialogue and understanding because of that strange
the paradox of communication, so rich in means and so poor in
I do not
try to create a moral or psychological question at all. I am saying that I think
all this is strictly and sadly real. I see communication as the baptism that
identifies man as a social being.
whole human race must commit itself to a necessary and permanent venture of
communication, of dialogue. Communication
integrates not only the group of socio-economic and socio-political structures,
but it supports the essence which makes a man what he is.
Associations of Retired Staff and Pensioners from Savings Banks, considered as
small companies are an example of communication.
the structure of these associations, written communication, notes, circular
letters, bulletins, and so on, work as an informative vehicle of the common
objectives, associative matters, are the process of the social information. In
the journals published by the different associations, their members express
their ideas, their opinions, their feelings, in a communication enriching
means of visits of museums, centres or places of tourist, cultural or
recreational interest, we seek brotherhood, communication between you and me,
make the associative communication alive, in proximity, with the human
essential for the human being, must be as food for the social body, a way that
will channel the collective life among the Associations of Retired Staff and
Pensioners from Savings Banks which are part of the European Group. May it be so
and may all of us cooperate to achieve it.
of Retired Staff and Pensioners from