In Chisinau, just
at the corner of the store “Lumea copiilor” a new stand
appeared. It is the first stand that made me feel that we are leaving
in a new era, which overcame the pagan prejudgments, in a human era.
The stand has an impressive size and represents the symbol of the disabled
people with the inscription “These people exist…”
Even in the famous
Greece, the democracy’s fatherland, the disabled were thrown in
the hollow, and in the Old Testament "the blind and lame did not
enter the palace" (2 Kings 5, 8). Christ “opened the eyes
of the blind and freed captives from prison” (Isaiah 42,7). The
Evangelic message opened the minds of nations and created a new attitude
toward the man, a nobler and an exalted one, that is not conditioned
by our social, material or physical condition. St. Basil the Great named
the coming in body of Christ “the day of the humanity’s
I do not know to
what extent this stand has been noticed, because of the multitude of
other stands with beautiful women, cigarettes and condom advertisements.
The most important thing is that this stand exists, and that the mayoralty
could multiply these examples of humanisation of the capital’s
Beyond the impression
of our society’s modernisation, I think that our way of perception
goes back to the times of cavern paintings. For the men of that time
there were no letters that would have suggested, for instance, the word
“stork”, instead there was the graphical symbol of the stork.
In the same way the men of that time used to represent other main points
of their lives, the hunting, the work on the field, the erotic scenes.
I believe that in our society, also, the people, who besides the messages
from the advertising stands do not read anything else, got numerous.
That is why, the content of these could be diversified, maybe even some
educational messages wouldn’t harm.
In the Tighina penitentiary,
where it happened to me to serve as a deacon, there is a stand which
determined me to think that the displaying of women is not always indecent.
On the contrary, the woman from the Tighina jail, like the stand with
the disabled from the Chisinau centre, is a kind of sermon. It is a
young woman with a child in her arms, under whom it is written: “Daddy
we are waiting for you”. Because we are living in the epoch of
the experiments, I would also propose one. Let the mayoralty borrow
the model of this stand, even though it is awkwardly executed, and replace
it with all the ads for the condoms “Cool”, at least for
one week. So that we overcome, little by little, the fear of life.