PASSING THROUGH: Diego Dalla Palma, founder of the eponymous makeup company, has been causing quite a stir on social media in Italy. The beauty guru, now in his 60s, has been taking stock of his life, discovering with age that: “I know nothing and I am nothing. And I am only passing through. That I am here for a brief, interesting and troubled vacation that is ending,” as he posted on his Facebook page, where he also stated that: “Not too long from now, death for me will be liberating.”
Seeking to make a positive impact on the world, Dalla Palma announced plans to sell his properties in Lombardy, Veneto and Sicily and donate more than a million euros to “structures or initiatives that host and take in orphans from around the world, mothers with small children, elderly people without hope or the sick and displaced who are escaping wars, pestilence and famine.”
Dalla Palma also referenced his support of Exit International, a non-profit organization that advocates for the legalization of euthanasia, a highly controversial topic in Italy. “Some want to call it suicide? Well, darn it, call it suicide then! For me, it has a different meaning,” he said, describing it as a way out of unnecessary suffering and humiliation, and noting that he has planned his own (not immediate) demise calmly and in great detail.
Mainly, Dalla Palma appeared to struggle in reconciling the wealth around him with the distress and poverty of millions worldwide. “In the heart of Milan, four young [Roma] men were playing their violins magnificently. The notes that resonated throughout Corso Vittorio Emanuele gave the shivers. I stopped to listen, with my eyes toward the sky,” he wrote, adding that at the end of the performance, only he and a handful of South Americans clapped, as most Milanese were too busy socializing for design week.
“All of this, in a world in which human and social misery is spreading… all of this while hundreds of human beings, often refugees, exhausted and defenseless, drown in the blue Mediterranean waters in which the remains of sneakers frequently float, having slipped off the feet of corpses,” Dalla Palma said, referencing the migrant-filled boats that continue to capsize near Sicily.
“We should all ask ourselves: WHO ARE WE? WHAT THE HELL ARE WE DOING? ALL OF THIS, IS IT RIGHT?” he added.