Strong vs. Weak Points
26 September, 2013
Strong vs. Weak Points
Nations, groups of people, families and individuals – all those categories have their own strong and weak points. The strong points are helping them to survive and the weak ones are in there way to success. Isn’t this patently obvious? So it is absolutely natural that we are all trying to develop our strong points and get rid of the weak ones if we have any. If otherwise, then we are certainly out of our mind.
It is of course
good if the strong points are prevailing over the weak ones. And if the weak points become more outstanding than the strong ones, the carriers of those bad points are usually losing their chance to be well off in general. I wonder, what we the Georgians, as a nation, look like in terms of using our strong and weak points, and which side we are preponderating more. OK, let us have a quick look at ourselves!
Our strong points are probably the unique Georgian language which is spoken only by the Georgians; the Georgian writing which is one of the fourteen functioning alphabets in the world; polyphonic folk singing which counts millenniums of history; the complicated and colorful Georgian folk dancing; the Georgian cuisine which is becoming more and more famous throughout the world; Georgian wines, on which the international demand is growing little by little; geographic disposition with the Black Sea on the west and snowy mountains all over the place – some of them functioning as ski resorts; abundance of fresh water spas in the country; potential large deposits of oil and gas; river waters for operating the hydro electric power stations; lot of sunny days; salable applied arts; talent for sports; some of the more or less useful mineral deposits; likable old traditions; pieces of ancient architecture – not bad attraction for tourists; hospitality; well-developed sense of friendship and kinship; good humor; natural benevolence towards other human beings, etc.
Our weak points must be bad sense of history which keeps us from drawing relevant conclusions from what had happened to us in the past; blindfold look into the future, which is killing our vision to know exactly where we are headed for and why; lack of concern about national demography; universal desire to leave Georgia for other lands for catching an opportunity to survive; unbridled tendency to blame governments for every drawback in our personal lives; impatience almost in every human doing; ubiquitous unemployment; unqualified workforce for useful modern jobs; distorted usage of the Georgian language and ignoring of linguistic errors, heard everywhere, especially in journalism; inadequate political culture, not allowing the speedy democratic development of the country; too much dancing, singing and merrymaking; predisposition towards flouting the law; exaggerated love for liberal arts and overwhelming hatred for sciences among the youth; massive and scary dependence on drugs, especially of the young people; absence of a clear and promulgated concept of national development; widespread self-confidence in being fit for political activity, especially for presidential or prime-ministerial jobs; regrettable infantilism in making serious judgments; no sense of irreversibility of time and no desire to count it; overall ignorance of what kind of education is most optimal in our times; unforgivably huge chasm between the poor and the rich; politics being the source of wellbeing; misinterpretation of what the world means for Georgia and what Georgia needs to be for the world; criminal character of making money; the media of mass communication which does not know how to be loyal to its fellow-citizens and how to work for enhancing their quality of life; massive lack of professionalism in almost every sphere of human activity; governing the country without relevant skills for this, etc.
Shall we juxtapose and compare the mentioned significant two – our strong and weak points? Actually, both slates are incomplete. I could go on and on and on, but I had to stop somewhere, making myself content with as many points as I have remembered at this moment. If taken seriously, this is a topic that could very well serve as a theme for a doctoral dissertation in national political science. And finally, here is a little grotesque hint for a possible author: our strong points look weak and they taste trivial, and the weak points sound strong and they feel alarming. I wish the picture was reversed!
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