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Ultimul an / The Final Year – Bilingv (RO/EN)

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Când eram mic, una dintre cărțile mele preferate era „O poveste de crăciun” de Charles Dickens. Aveam pe vremea aceea (pe la 7-10 ani) ca un fel de ritual să citesc cartea cel puțin odată între moș Nicolae și ajunul crăciunului. Unul dintre lucrile care m’au marcat din acea carte, însă, nu are nici o legătură cu sărbătoarea ivernală, ci cu anul morții. Există o tradiție prin popor, una care nu prea are legătură cu identitatea națională, care spune despre un om ce’și schimbă brusc comportamentul, că ar fi intrat în anul morții. Se spune că pe de o parte se mai îndulcește la comportament încercând parcă să facă pace cu cei din viața lui, și pe de altă parte că își permite mai multe răsfățuri cu sine. În cartea în sine sunt două astfel de cazuri. Primul este tatăl lui Scrooge care apare menționat în episodul crăciunului trecut în care Scrooge este luat de la școală de către sora lui, aceasta făcând referire la o schimbare de comportament a tatălui lor. Cel de al doilea episod este Scrooge însuși căruia îi este prezentată propria moarte de către spiritul crăciunului viitor. Acest lucru ne dă de înțeles că Scrooge mai are un singur an de trăit, iar schimbarea de comportament ce survine în urma nopții vizitelor lui Marley și a celor trei spirite, cade sub egida aceleiași paradigme a „intrării în anul morții”.

Bineînțeles că, în realitate, acest fenomen nu poate fi demonstrat sau măcar studiat științific, iar din punct de vedere logic nu poate fi decât o aberație statistică. Chiar și așa, este destul de împămîntenit în cultură încât să aibă parte de un bias pozitiv de percepție ori de câte ori se petrece.

Ei bine, de data aceasta, schimbăm un pic retroactivitatea observării fenomenului, și am să anunț cu această ocazie că anul acesta este ultimul an în care mai scriu la acest blog. Realitatea înconjurătoare s’a schimbat într’atît, sau măcar percepția mea despre ea, de la momentul primei postări, astfel încât motivele pentru care am deschis acest blog au devenit depășite. S’a vrut la vremea respectivă o sursă de informație pentru cei neinformați. Am descoperit pe parcurs că lumea tinde să respingă orice informație care contravine propriei percepții despre lume și despre sine. Am încercat să’l convertesc mai apoi într’o unealtă a raționalului menită să taie mrejele propagandistice care ne-au fost servite pe post de știri și să aducă un pic de lumină pe terenul de joc. Am constatat că rațiunea a fost respinsă din aceleași motive pentru care au fost respinse și informațiile de mai sus. Din punct de vedere politic angajamentul meu s’a încheiat în 2014 atunci când am recunoscut, în fine, că România, în sine, a eșuat din punct de vedere politic, în 2012, iar acest lucru nu s’a petrecut din cauza clasei politice, ci din cauza propriilor cetățeni care ne-au ucis speranțele tuturor, în mod democratic, c’așa le-a fost lor mai comod psihologic.

Nu în ultimul rând, contribuțiile mele la blog se vor opri după acest an pentru că mă simt din ce în ce mai departe de orice urmă de public consumator de online. Se spune că publicul îl crești/formezi/loializezi și abia apoi te apuci să discuți subiectele interesante. Asta e o strategie de comunicare specifică unei caste în care nu mă regăsesc. Am crezut că simplul adevăr va fi de ajuns să mențină interesul unora (iar pentru cei care chiar au rezonat cu această idee nu am decât respect și apreciere) însă ‘mi-e din ce în ce mai evident că aceștia sunt din ce în ce mai puțini într’o mare de oameni care întîi verifică dimensiunea unui articol și abia apoi se hotărăsc dacă să’l citească sau nu, sau de oameni care au chef mai degrabă de rețete de mîncare sau de poze cu animale decât să’și stimuleze neuronii cu ceva.

În final, ca să răspund și la ultima întrebare nepusă, anunț finalul cu un an înainte și nu închid pur și simplu, pentru că vreau să mă păcălesc pe mine însumi să scriu și despre acele câteva subiecte vizavi de care simt că mai am ceva de spus și care nu ‘și-au găsit pînă acum drumul spre lumină, fie din cauza unor circumstanțe nepotrivite, fie din cauza proprie’mi lipse de motivație. Urmează un an extrem de aleator, dar, sper eu, măcar pe atât de profund.

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When I was a little boy, one of my favourite books used to be “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. I used to have in those days (around 7 or 10 years old) like a ritual to read that book at least once every year between Saint Nick’s Day (December 6th) and Christmas Eve. One of the things that truly left their mark on me from this book is something that doesn’t have anything to do with the winter holidays, but rather with the year of one’s death. There’s some common wisdom spread among the everyday folk that a man who undergoes a sudden change of behaviour has entered their final year of life. It’s said that on one hand they become more patient and conciliatory as though they’re trying to make their peace with as many people as possible and, on the other hand, that they become more self-indulgent. In the book, there are two instances of this happening. The first is Scrooge’s father whose change of behaviour is mentioned in the Christmas Past episode when Scrooge is picked up from boarding school by his younger sister. The second is Scrooge himself, whose own death is revealed by the spirit of Christmas Future. This implies that Scrooge only has one year left to live, and his change of behaviour that occurs following the night of his visitations by Marley and the three spirits, also falls under the same paradigm of “one entering the year of their death”.

Of course, in real life, this phenomenon can’t be proven or even investigated scientifically, and from a logical standpoint it can’t be anything more than a statistical anomaly. Even so, its dissemination in the common culture is to such a degree that the event carries an enormous positive perception bias every time it occurs.

On this occasion however, we are going to mess a little with its retroactive nature and announce it in advance that this will be the last year of my writing on this blog. The surrounding reality has changed to such an extend, or at least my perception of it has changed, since the time of the opening post that the reasons for which this blog was born have become obsolete. I wanted it to be, at the time, a source of information for those that are less informed. I have discovered along the way that people tend to reject any kind of information that goes against their own perceptions of the world and of themselves. I have tried then to convert it into a tool of reason meant to cut away the curtains of propaganda that had been laid upon all of our eyes under the guise of mainstream news and to bring some light to the playing field. I discovered that reason was rejected for the same cause as the undesired information before it. My political engagement ended in 2014 when I finally admitted to myself that Romania had failed politically since 2012 and that this didn’t happen due to some fault of the politicians, but rather thanks to its own citizens who had put out the hope for everybody, in a democratic fashion, for their own psychological comfort.

Last but not least, my contributions to this blog will cease after this year has passed because I feel more and more distanced from any sort of online public. It is said that you grow/form/make loyal your own public from scrap and only when you have reached critical mass do you really begin to tackle the important subjects. That’s a communication strategy specific to a certain caste that I do not find myself among. I believed that the naked truth would be enough to keep one’s interest (and for those that it has, I only have respect and appreciation) but it has become increasingly evident that such people are a rarity in a sea of their fellows who first check the length of an article before they decide to read it or not, or who would rather read about culinary recipes or would rather look at animal photos, than to actually engage their neurones with some real thought.

Finally, in order to address the last unasked question, I am announcing the end an year in advance and not just closing up shop because I want to trick myself into writing about those stories that I have kept putting away for another time, and that I feel still need to get out there, but could never find the right set of circumstances or the proper motivating mindset to write about. An extremely random year is about to follow, I can only hope, it will be equally as profound.

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  1. dadiana
    Ianuarie 19, 2016 la 1:14 pm

    Hello, and A Very Happy and Healthy 2016 ! I’ve read your last and latest commentary and I’ve got to tell you that I was truly impressed reading about your childhood „hobby”. Had you been a British kid your „hobby” would have been perfectly natural ! During Queen Victoria’s famous epoch, by the way, at the end of his busy life, only three months before he died,Charles Dickens achieved the supreme honour of being received by the Queen at the Buckingham Palace,there was a tradition of telling ghost stories. Communities and families would gather to welcome in Christmas around the fire. Dickens had subtitled his work „A Ghost Story for Children”. He wrote it in the autumn of 1843 when there were many charities struggling to raise money in order to support the working poor.Initially Dickens planned to raise the issue by writing a political pamphlet and send it to the Government.But then he changed his mind.He wrote to a friend saying he would instead publish something at Christmas which would have 20 times the force . His strategy worked! All his 6,000 copies, released six days before Christmas, were sold by Christmas Eve !Charles Dickens was not only a genuine story-teller but also a social reformer who used fiction as a platform for his social appeals !Here is a „tip”,look for „The Twelve Days of Christmas”, one of the most popular songs at Christmas in the U.K. Its supposed symbolism is most interesting and appealing, for me, at least ! A”sequel” regarding the first part of your commentary will follow soon.

  2. dadiana
    Februarie 7, 2016 la 9:22 pm

    Firstly, I do apologize for taking so long in writing my „sequel !” I cannot agree more with you, yes, things, people,their views and behaviour, the entire social and political „landscape” have changed, sadly for many of us,for the worst, considering the 1989’s „enthusiasm” and expectations ! Keeping and writing on one’s own blog is, in my view, a kind of participating, indirectly of course, to your country’s life and contributing, with your own heart and mind, to her welfare ! In your case „correct information and truth” regarding our political „environment” were your first targets !Someone’s blog can be a source of information but only to a certain extent ! After all, people are so different from one another and, many a time, they choose to change their beliefs according to a lot of ” irrational” causes !But this is a far too long and complex topic which I’d rather not ‘tackle” here and now !My interest in our political life did end, too, in 2014 ! I feel like an „alien” among our present day’s fellow citizens ! Or, maybe, we have been invaded by a „gang of aliens !”And yet, there is something you say, which I am not sure I understand, namely : ” Romania failed in 2012 because her citizens put out the hope for everybody….for their own psychological comfort”. Can you be more specific,please? I am looking forward to reading your answer !

    • Februarie 20, 2016 la 12:09 am

      August 2012, the referendum missed the mark by some 900.000 people. There are more than an additional 900.000 people that do vote (as proven in the presidential elections two years later), but a shitload of them chose to stay home that day in order to exploit the rules of the contest and get an undemocratic result. Besides these, there were the additional ones that had absolutely no love for Băsescu but somehow justified themselves not voting by using „other arguments” like „coup d’etat” or by feeling „uncomfortable” at the speed with which the whole process happened. Then there were the others who were queuing up at the voting centers around closing time after not „having been able” to vote earlier and who ended up not voting at all. In the end there were at least 3.000.000 people who didn’t vote in that referendum and rationalized it for themselves somehow, but the bottom line is that democracy was murdered that day because basically there were 7.5 million votes that ultimately didn’t matter (or if you wanna put it another way, that these 3.000.000 „absent” votes mattered more). And the reasons? Well, most of them were just empty rationalisations.

  3. dadiana
    Februarie 23, 2016 la 6:42 pm

    The referendum was in July, not August. I am awfully sorry but my opinion, about it, is rather different from yours ! I feel a little apprehensive to write it on your blog. That’s why I’ve got to ask your permission and consent that I may tell you my views concerning that most unfortunate episode of our recent history.We were treated very badly by all our „partners”, both in Europe and overseas ! What happened to Romania ,that long, hot summer,would NOT have happened to any other country world wide ! And what is a million times worse and heart-breaking is that it happened with the „more than willing” help of our own fellow citizens ! Waiting for your „O.K.

    • Februarie 23, 2016 la 10:22 pm

      It’s a free country. And you have proven yourself more than civil. Fire away.

  4. dadiana
    Februarie 25, 2016 la 9:37 pm

    The Presidential impeachment Referendum was held on July, 29th, 2012. The referendum was required after the Parliament voted in favour of impeaching T.B.,with 256 votes FOR and 114 AGAINST on July, 6th. T.B. contested the Referendum, calling it a „putsch” and accused the Social and Liberal Union, UDMR and UNPR of undermining the rule of law and trying to confiscate the judiciary.He asked his supporters to boycott the vote , a stance also adopted by the Liberal Democrats.The polls showed that the majority of the Romanians favoured the impeachment. The voter turnout was estimated to be 46,24% out of 18.292.464 citizens eligible to vote.Thus 87,that is 7.403.836 voted YES and 11,5% that is 943.375 voted NO. Initially the Constitutional Court said that the verdict regarding the validity of the Referendum would be pronounced on September 12th. Then the Court rescheduled its decision for August 31st , when the Referendum was declared, with 6 to 3 votes, invalid,because the quorum of 50 plus 1 had not been done.During all this stretch of time of nearly two months there were a few strange „incidents” which took place , that throw a shadow of doubt concerning the validity of the final verdict. Here they are: 1.On August 2nd the judge Aspazia Cojocaru declared,after a Constitutional meeting, that from her point of view, the Referendum ought to be cancelled, because it was based on false data.2. Viktor Orban, Hungary’s President, intervened in our country’s politics by telling ethnic Hungarians in Transilvania to stay away from the polls.3. According to the European Common laws and the Venice Commission’s recommendations no threshold regarding the number of people voting in any kind of referendum should be imposed to any country,including Romania ! Last but not least, a couple of days before pronouncing its verdict on the Referendum in question we were told that an „errata”, produced by an unknown source, reached the Constitutional Court and therefore completely changed the Court’s verdict. In my view the Referendum should have been declared „valid”because the number of the eligible people to vote was not the real one,as out of the 18 million people registered on the electoral lists at least 3 million were under 18 years of age.Therefore the July,2012 Referendum was not a „coup d’etat” but a very democratic,constitutional and parliamentary exercise.Unlike you, I strongly believe that people who „had absolutely no love for TB”, definitely voted for his removal.As you say „a shitload” of TB”s „sycophants”chose to stay home that day ,thus saving their „boss” from a more than a deserving suspension !And now,to end this rather sad and unpleasant episode that annoyed,to say the least, about 7 and a half million of our fellow citizens, I only say this:If only we had been lucky to have ,on our side, the „wizard” who obtained 8 votes per one single minute !Prof. Lucian Boia in his book”Dece e Romania altfel, says,that” the 2012 Referendum was a „coup d’etat” as much as President Basescu is a dictator”.

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