I can not anymore. These three words synthesized Elsa Artadi’s farewell to politics, on Friday March 6, just three months after being proclaimed the Junts candidate for the Barcelona municipal elections of 2023. Through tears, Artadi announced that she was leaving all her positions and responsibilities, after eleven years of “maximum dedication” to the pro-independence policy, a period in which she became a close collaborator of Puigdemont and jumped from high position to high position, as if she were the ideal profile for each and every one of them (or as if the bench was unpopulated).
Artadi’s “I can’t take it anymore” seems to be a typical case of burn out , or burnout syndrome, which affects people willing to give themselves without limits to their work… until the body and mind say enough is enough, and an invalidating picture of chronic stress, exhaustion and a feeling of impotence and failure begins to take shape. The WHO defined in 2019 the burn out like an illness, and if that was indeed what happened to Artadi, there would be no more than recommending him rest, wishing him a healthier work environment and hoping for his speedy recovery.
If Artadi were a case of ‘burn out’, you have to wish him a healthier work environment
With his “I can’t take it anymore”, Artadi alluded to a situation of extreme personal fatigue, telling us about the than , that is, the effect of his evil. But he didn’t tell us why , the cause of his illness. He thus left the inquisitive minds, the curious, with a question in mind: can he not about what ? There are several hypotheses here. The most immediate would be that “I can’t take it anymore” to work at a strenuous pace. But there are others. For example, “I can no longer” work in a party that has believed it possible to direct Catalan politics from Waterloo, and aspires to lead all the independence movement from alternative platforms to the Generalitat, despite being integrated into its Government, where it is already boring his insomniac quarrel with the partner ERC. Or, also: “I can no longer” work in a party where those who have been top leaders are abandoning their positions. Or, also: “I can’t take it anymore” to work for a party in which the candidates for command fight non-stop and give the sensation of being in a pot of crickets with infinite division potential.
Those are interpretations within the reach of any militant or supporter of Junts. But if those disaffected to the cause speak out, the versions could go further. For example, “I can’t take it anymore”, ten years after the Onze de Setembre 2012 demonstration, after witnessing the errors, first, and the shipwreck, later, of the Procés, of maintaining the fiction of independence, day in and day out. also, despite knowing that the project is not feasible in the short or medium term. And, of course, “I can no longer” see how the Government continues to prioritize a desire on the part of the general interest.