* Reconciliation / Defense
Boiling Point: Non-Corporate Finance Management & its comments
Sometimes we are like snowballs that turn into avalanches. We only need a slap to get into a full-contact match.
Sometimes it’s “nice/good” to give a slap just to get more dynamic to the situation (very dramatic, I know). I gave a slap, but here’s when I say stop.
First of all, I think we all came here to see a new country, its people and its culture. We didn’t come here to see a better country, better people, a better culture. It was in fact something we expected, but we expected this as a desire to be so, not by following the facts.
I’m sure that if things would have been the same as in Romania, then it wouldn’t be that fun or challenging =)
We, Romanians, have a nasty way of having high expectations so that afterwards we can look down on the others. How come? It’s just the way we were TAUGHT to think! Throughout 15 years (since the 1992 elections) we haven’t actually looked in our courtyard. All we deed was compare us with the Western Europeans. We are doing it now as well, with small exceptions.
We were TAUGHT to think like this because in this manner it was easier to look away from the important things. Things like improving! We haven’t seen the road, but just the end-points. We wanted better, without searching for way to do it ourselves.
I don’t have the facts in my hand, but even when you read about the Autumn of Nations, you have this feeling that we ended up with the Romanian Revolution by a chain of events that has no logic whatsoever. Tokés was arrested, and then we heard about the falls of the other communist regimes, and this is how we started.
If you look inside the neighboring countries, you can notice that Poland started the turmoil in the 1980s, due to its labour status and people started to speak up for themselves and formed the Solidarity, led by Lech Wałęsa and gradually ended up having partial elections, giving a new direction for the Polish nation.
The same in Hungary. In 1988 the new beginning started. The Parliament adopted a “democracy package”, which included trade union pluralism; freedom of association, assembly, and the press; a new electoral law; and a radical revision of the constitution, among others.
In East Germany – borders were open to West Germany on November 9, 1989. Fatal move! By December, East Germany was not led any longer by the Communist Party. On October 3, 1990 there was only one Germany!
Czechoslovakia – no comment! The VELVET revolution! With other Communist regimes falling all around it, and with growing street protests, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia announced on November 28 they would give up their monopoly on political power.
Then it was Bulgaria‘s turn. On November 10, 1989 – the day after the Berlin Wall was breached – Bulgaria’s long-serving leader Todor Zhivkov was ousted by his Politburo. In February 1990 the Party voluntarily gave up its claim on power and in June 1990 the first free elections since 1931 were held, won by the moderate wing of the Communist Party, renamed the Bulgarian Socialist Party.
So, you see that it was simply a case of people going straight for what they wanted. Our revolution started from a misunderstanding that the Calvinist minister was arrested as a measure of religious oppression, and then we heard that actually we are the only communist country still standing. Hmm… What to do? Follow the examples!
What happened next?
We had the only true revolution in that year. The other countries had only protests, let’s say. We had more than 1100 killed and more than 3350 wounded in those days!
Not even now do we have the truth about those days. How the hell did we end up having more than 2200 people killed after the National Salvation Front took power, and only a little bit more than 1100 while Ceauşescu was in power?
Why did we have the miners kicking asses in the center of Bucharest? Why did we have the episode with the two military units shooting at themselves at Otopeni? Why did we have a president like Iliescu, under the Communist wing, after all this massacre?
Other than Bulgaria, who took in the moderate wing of the Communist Party as its government, we were the only ones doing the same thing. But we had the killings!!! Why do we fight all the way up to 90%, just to loose in the end? Because we have lost! We have lost big time.
We have lost time, energy, hope… The true deliverance its happening at a snail’s pace!
We have lost time looking at the past of the leaders… Trying to figure out if they have a clean past or not, if they were communist or not… by having some guys at CNSAS giving white or black balls, like Turcescu in his 100% show.
We have lost energy by choosing between communist wings and interests.
We have lost hope of a better tomorrow, overlooking that we build the tomorrow and not the political parties that exist, but those that we build!
1. History – Conclusion
What Polish people, along other nations, don’t understand is that Romanians had their own history!
Altogether, we do not understand that there are at least two versions of the truth.
We expected something else of Łódź, because this is what we were served for breakfast! That we are way behind the other EU countries and other nations as well. During every class, if the teacher tells you that you’re stupid, even if you know it isn’t so, it is really hard to make a difference, because of what the others see in you, and you just sit down and think “Stupid me!”
Poles expected something else of Romanians (I’m referring to Piotr), because this is what they were served for breakfast as well! That even if they have 20% of active unemployed people, they are doing well, and that tomorrow will be better without any doubt. Even during communism regime, when Poles were traveling through Romania, they regarded us as a very low-nation, or at least a nation with bigger problems. In a world without hierarchy, there’s no winner, no looser. This is why you have the stupid British articles in The Sun with Romanians coming with diseases into the EU, or traveling to steal, etc.
– is good at giving perspectives!
– is bad at creating stereotypes!
Can we at least shake hands for now, and have a round table of discussion for the other things like – 2. humor, 3. economy, 4. foreign languages, 5. social attitude?
I apologize for all the rambling in this articles. I had many thoughts going through my mind, and I may not have been so good at keeping a straight path inside the article.