Argentina's congress is deciding an important question this week. Should the country's flag be changed from blue and white to an overall grey to better reflect the national attitude.
Actually, I just made that up. But if the Argentine government were to consider such a change, they'd have good reason to do so.
Grey is the color of Buenos Aires. Often called "Paris of the South" for the European flavor of the city, both cultures share an overpowering sense of "grey-ness".
Even the bright roses that the florista sells on almost every street corner is somehow tinged in a shade of grey that permeates the capital of South America's second largest country.
While other world capitals have splashes and tints of color, Buenos Aires and Paris stand out for their mono-color world, inside and out.
It might be the fact that Argentina is a teenager when it comes to democracy. They haven't figured out yet that voting a person into office only to vote someone else in is only scratching the surface of what a true democracy is.
It might be the fact that Argentina got their butts kicked in the Malvinas/Falklands. Hell, a people that can't successfully wage a battle 3000 miles from their enemies homeland has plenty of cause to be pessimistic and walk around with a grey cloud hanging over them.
Or maybe it's the economy that has everyone looking at the world through grey-shaded lenses. While private economists peg the country's inflation at 25-30% annualy, the government repeatedly says the true inflation is about half that and will gladly jail any economist that dares to say different.
Per capita Buenos Aires has more therapists than any place in the world. At least there's one world record to offset the 'grey-ness'.
The scale that measures qualify-of-life issues may be starting an uptick though.
President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's political party just got a thumping in the August 2013 primaries, a good sign that the average, voting Argentine is sick and tired and not going to take it anymore.
While the number of toursists coming to Argentina has been on a decline over the past several years the falling tourism combined with the comparative rising of the dollar's value might serve to bring an influx of foreigners in. And with more foreigners come more ideas, more energy and more creativity. They also don't have the psychic baggage that leads to the futile belief that says, "...that's the way it's always been."
Argentina is sitting on top of the worlds second largest supply of shale oil and has recently signed an agreement with Chevron. If Kirchner can be convinced to keep her mittens off of this new source of funds, the exploration and drilling might prove to be a benefit, especially if the environmentalists get their way and demand responsible drilling.
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Argentina is like that teenager. Going through many life changes and more to come. But the potential is there for the teenager to grow up into a responsible member of the world community and every effort should be made to help make this happen.
Otherwise, well, it could be something just too wicked to think about.