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Among posters and stands

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 birth”.

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 streets.

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.

Translated from Romanian by Veronica - epistola7@yahoo.com



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