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Defeated people

For us, those who lived in the Soviet Union, the life began ten years ago. I say this, not because that, what people felt until the fall of the Empire was less significant or interesting, but because only now we are really leaving our failed past. In a way, the post-soviet people use also this time in the measure they recapitulate the slavery of other time. In fact, they will not succeed anymore to be anything else than slaves, but slaves who are aware of their slavery.
As a rule, the discussions about the society, school, art, begin with the cliché ”once with the fall of the iron curtain …” At a certain moment, one has even the impression, that all these fields have radically changed after the fall of communism. It is hard to say so. What is sure is that the people got the tendency to speak always about the change, although they do not anything to accomplish it.
In the list of fields liable to the reform, more exactly to the “perestroika ”, a special place has been taken by the religion. First of all, they began to speak about religion in the most different places and occasions. The religion has been obliged to submit to the new conditions. Every inconvenient, for example the fasts or the length of the orthodox services, can be very easily attributed to the communist mentality, how absurd this could not seem. Generally, God is forced to renounce to the single way of revealing Himself to the men, the Gospel, and recognise the Buddhism, Shamanism, or the religion of ancient Egyptians as a perfect revelation and sufficient for the salvation.
Although today it is almost a difficulty to find an absolute atheist, because everyone believes if not in God, than at least in some other supernatural forces, the thinking of these men is totally atheistic. When someone modifies with serenity the principles that the God Himself, brought to the men, then by this he neglects the existence of God. God cannot be a Homeric creation, that is, a simple projection of some human aspirations. The blind poet, considered to be also “the great religious reformer of Greece ” (Kostas Papaioannou), at least had the honesty to create a multitude of deities, for all kind of tastes, while the people of today try to attribute multiple and antithetic features to one God. Such a God, within Whom there are at the same time contradictory principles, would be liable, by all means, to the destruction and annihilation. The absurdity of this situation is remarked by few.
In the last century, in one of the America’s states, the population obtained trough law that the number ? be equal to 4 and not to 3,14. They decided it is easier to do the mathematical operation with a round number. I think that to change the principles of salvation is as absurd as this, because, although apparently the salvation becomes easier, in reality it fails.
What we gained, the former soviet people, in comparison with the rest of humankind is the experience of a terrible and deep delusion. We know how painful it is to find out that what you believed in, was a lie. Who knows, maybe after this life there is really something for which it is worth to fight? I would be sorry that the people, who once lost, comfort themselves with their state of losers, loosing also the only fight which is worth to be won.

Translated from Romanian by Veronica - epistola7@yahoo.com

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