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Tali da consentire ai genetisti di affermare oggi con sicurezza che una razza è costituita da un gruppo di individui che si possono riconoscere come biologicamente diversi dagli altri 15 . Sebbene i genetisti del periodo nazista si siano impegnati nella ricerca della razza pura, oggi, per fortuna, sappiamo che è stato uno sforzo vano. Altrettanto vano sarebbe cercare di individuare una purezza originale nelle culture, che sono somma e sottrazione di tutti gli elementi che le hanno attraversate nel tempo.

La foto di quei bambini irrequieti risulterà probabilmente mossa, ma forse quell’immagine dai contorni confusi risulterebbe la piú fedele alla nozione di identità espressa da quella classe. Poi gli alunni crescono, e ognuno prenderà strade diverse. Rimarrà la foto, seppure un po’ mossa, a fissare quel gruppo di compagni in un certo periodo della loro vita. In un certo periodo, appunto. Istituire un museo dell’identità italiana, per esempio, sarebbe come fare un’istantanea a 56 milioni di persone che si muovono.

Nel sito della Regione Veneto si legge: LA CULTURA DEI VENETI. Tra gli aspetti che caratterizzano la nostra cultura vi è senz’altro l’eccezionale capacità di relazionarsi con il resto del mondo in maniera chiara e determinante. Molte volte si ritrova, nella storia antica e moderna dei veneti, la volontà di proporsi al resto del mondo in modo interlocutorio alla ricerca di un bene comune. Il pensiero corre alla Serenissima che, egemone nei commerci, sapeva esportare la propria cultura ma anche far proprio quanto il mondo poteva offrire 28 .

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