Wisdom vs. Stupidity
31 January, 2013
Wisdom vs. Stupidity
Not personal – I am talking about national wisdom and stupidity, the wise and stupid decisions of national concern, the deeds on a national level that have forever remained part of the annals and are veritably defining the quality of our life today. What would have been America if not for the wise decision of the American founding fathers in the early seventies of the 18th century to defy the British rule forever? What could have been the Native American culture
today had the European settlers not exterminated them so unwisely? There could be no end to those trivially rhetorical questions but, bringing the narration closer to the gist of the matter, I feel myself fully prepared to pose this painful and possibly not very discreet and palatable question: What would be a fairer description for our Georgian nation – historical wisdom or stupidity? I respectfully doubt our ability of good judgment, and I am afraid that something contrary to our national wisdom has outweighed our national sagacity. I don’t mean one definite chunk of history, nor am I concentrating on one particular case. I am only speaking in general terms. What shall we call Georgia’s unification with Russia in its own time – national wisdom or stupidity? We need to finally and officially call a spade a spade, using some intelligent historical and socio-political scrutiny for giving a fair and judicious qualification to the fact. When in 1918 the Georgian people voted to elect the first independent parliament of Georgia, most of the cast votes went to social democrats, the supporters of the freshly smelling social democratic movement in Russia, denying the electoral favor to national democrats, the adherents to patriotically-minded team of young Georgian thinkers, endeavoring to pull the nation out of the then set-in darkness. Was this the witness to the Georgian national wisdom or stupidity? Can we provide this question with a loud and clear answer finally? Was it wise or stupid to assassinate the greatest intellectual leader of the Georgian nation Ilia Chavchavadze and together with him burry the freedom and creativity of our national spirit? I don’t remember a lot of instances of the wisely administered national intelligence except the deeds of King David the Builder in the 12th century, recapturing the nation from long-dwelling invaders and reconstructing the country, and the exploits of Ilia Chavchavadze in the second part of the nineteen hundreds, bringing the Georgian nation out of frustration and confusion. How about the recent national liberation movement in Georgia on the verge of the Soviet collapse, bringing this nation with its style of political performance to the point of the country’s tragic territorial disintegration? Shall we consider it as an example of national wisdom or stupidity? The choice is ours – call it whatever you want, but the oil is already in the fire: this country has shrunk to its newly acquired unrecognizable forms and boundaries. I remember the history put into a verse by a Georgian poet: there was the first beam of light – King David the Builder. Then we were given the second beam of light – Ilia the Righteous – Chavchavadze. Expecting now we are the divine power of God to give us the third beam of light. Will it ever come with our people’s triumph and joy to end the stupidity and to celebrate the wisdom of this Nation?
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