The anagnorisis of Pedro Sánchez

The concept is known to us from the ancient epic and tragedy. It happens when an important character in the work reveals himself in his real being, taking off the costume, the mask or the mask that he was wearing. Sometimes, simply by showing who he is and undoing the mistake that had kept the other characters in the work in error. The Odyssey Homer is perhaps the most beautiful and well-known old example, in Oedipus we have another case, and in modernity we can think of Shakespeare, in whose King Lear there are several such discoveries, full of emotion and of a very high literary level, for a change. In any case, the reader should remember that Cervantes has several situations along these lines in his Quixote. The anagnorisis is in literature, and in the theater, above all, an ingenious resource as well as effective, and usually has the consent of the viewer or reader, usually warned of the deception, which is so only for others. Characters of the work. This gives a kind of omniscience to whoever sees or reads the text, and that tension awaiting recognition, with its consequences, adds emotion and containment to the literary creation of the day.

In politics, the anagnorisis has and has had two lines of resolution. And that is when an apparently mediocre or bland being reveals himself as a triumphant and indisputable leader. History is full of those well-known examples, and in the closest Spanish we could talk about authentic popular leaders that circumstances turned into great bosses. And I mean all the sides in the fight, from the war of independence, the Carlist wars and the last civil war, both in the Francoist troops and in the popular army.

The other aspect is unfortunately the one that touches us most fully these days, and it is when a politician receives from the citizens the task of directing the destinies of the nation, even though he has risen to power through obscure paths for his own and others, especially for their own.

The anagnórisis of our current beloved leader has been manifesting itself gradually but firmly, since he was promoted to the Presidency of the Government. In our case, all of Spain, spectator and at the same time protagonist of the tragedy -or tragicomedy, if you prefer- checks the mutation that biases the rhythm of the character, the premises of his behavior, and what, distorting the language, we could call ideology.

I discovered the other day one of the keys to the success of Sanchista, in a delicious book, that of Goethe’s conversations with Johann Peter Eckermann, who was his secretary and wrote the compendium. Speaking about Napoleon, Eckermann pointed out the exceptional power of seduction that he must have had, so that all the men immediately put themselves under his orders and let themselves be carried away by him. Then Goethe replies that this is not so, that the power of his attraction resided in the fact that these men were sure of achieving under Napoleon, and only with Napoleon, the goals they had set for themselves. And that by that instinct they adhered to him, as they adhere to someone who infuses them with a similar belief, because no one serves another just because, but because he knows or believes that by serving him he serves himself. Goethe adds that Napoleon knew men perfectly and knew how to make the most of their weaknesses.

Accepting the Goethian point of view on the great French psychopath, it is easy to apply it to ours, not so great, but with an undoubted ability to surround himself with a harka that peeks, smells, notices that only with a being like him are they going to get what with someone with more rigorous principles would not have succeeded. They also sense that the occasion is unique, that they are mostly a bunch of bombastic mediocre people who will lose their status as soon as the tables turn. Hence also all their efforts to make permanent a situation that politically should be transitory, which is what politics is. No. They, a bunch of mediocrities elevated to ministries, secretariats, undersecretaries and others, intend to fossilize a situation that favors them, even at the cost of distorting all the principles of politics, ethics, human quality, effectiveness, of the good of his country, in short.

Sánchez knows all this, he is not stupid at all. He has been discovering himself, denying himself, rectifying himself without rate. His anagnorisis has gone and is accompanied by a herd of mediocrities who owe him everything, who know that without him they would be in trades, whoever came to it. The beloved leader knows all this, because the attachment to positions is exercised in a directly proportional way to the human misery and above all economic misery that losing them would mean. The mediocre is faithful for the account that he brings. Who feeds him knows. And the one who feeds here discovers his true character thanks to those canine loyalties, in a tragic and ruinous anagnorisis for all the spectators.

The anagnorisis of Pedro Sánchez