The Tired Nation
10 January, 2015
The Tired Nation
We are a tired nation! Tired we are as a result of wars, survival efforts, the cunning of others, our own lack of wisdom and paucity of good luck, and all kinds of excruciating vicissitudes of life – numerous, motley and weird. In a word, we are all tired, awfully tired!

And we are tired of so many things that keep us from living better. We are tired of our governmental mistakes and the attempts to correct those errors. We
are tired of our demographic laziness, which practically makes the thought about our good future nonsensical. Georgia is seriously tired of endless territorial strife, the vicious Russian determination to perpetuate separatism, and her desire to pilfer our lands. We are tired of unresolved political problems and budgetary intricacies, tired of fluctuations of national currency and the panic triggered by the imminence of inflation. Tired are the owners of pets to clean after their darlings, the soccer players of their balls not reaching the goals, the elderly of their miserable pensions, the politicians of waiting long for the cherished governmental posts, the actors of being without roles, the scientists of their works that are not in demand. Poets are tired of their ineffectual verses, painters – standing still in expectation of a client, composers – in search for listeners to their music. Doctors are tired of the formal paperwork they are doing instead of treating the whining patients. The economy is tired of skidding on the jinxed slippery spot. Our national currency is tired, trying to jump out of its lousy skin. Even the revolutions have gotten tired in the worn out nation – they no longer want to happen because of serial frustrations of people in them. Our telephone lines are tired of hearing too much rubbish, our nature is tired of being destroyed by our savagery, patients are tired of overly expensive medication, petrol consumers are tired of Georgian petro-magnates’ deaf ear turned on the reduced prices of petrol on world markets, computers are tired of our kids playing too long those stupid games, pedestrians are tired of cars parked on sidewalks and ubiquitously misparked cars, the beggars in the streets are tired of the minuscule alms given by drained walkers-by, TV viewers are tired of endless junk on their screens, restaurant goers are tired of deafeningly loud music all over the place, consumers are tired of sky-rocketing prices, defensive chauffeurs are tired of brashness of offensive ones, our streets are tired of heavy traffic and the highways are tired of speeding by reckless drivers. Men are getting tired from out-of-work boredom, women are tired of having the bored and boring men at their sides, and the kids are tired of their educative irritation, looking at their bored fathers, disillusioned mothers and over-exhausted teachers hating to teach. We are tired of promises about our Euro-Atlantic integration, dangerous levels of environmental pollution, streetwise politicking, and violence against women, overloaded Georgian feast tables, verbose toasting, low-quality schooling and guesswork medication. People are tired of shortages and unemployment, tired of dysfunctional life and social unfairness, tired of unfulfilled governmental promises, exaggerated reports on economic achievements, unreliable ratings, funny self-confidence of civil servants, ridiculously low subsistence for senior citizens, overindulgence of high-ranking officials in fringe benefits and the helplessness of police to be where they are needed most. This nation has gotten real tired of interminable strife among its leaders, of the misgivings about who rules the country and how. We are tired of those endless conjectures concerning our future. Our brains are tired of fruitless analyses of what our economy is really about, and tired we are of unresolved criminal cases sitting covered with dust on the shelves. The nation is truly getting tired of struggle for freedom and democracy, tired of never-ending stupid television debates and promises of acceptance by our western friends, the inflexibility of laws and meekness of those who should be keeping up high the rule of law in the country. We are getting tired because the new way of life, imposed on us by our time is extremely burdensome to carry. Being modern and democratically organized is so onerous that we keep stumbling over those shining rocks of modernity, almost falling face down, but are somehow getting up again to stay in step with the rest of the world. We are growing tired because we are being told that we cannot make it to the winning end unless we accept the fight, suggested by the necessity of continued existence. And we are getting even more tired of those instructions. In its tiredness, Georgia is trying to regain vigor and energy to make steps forward, but it is so painful for the ailing body to move onward. The tiredness of the still-struggling nation is telling on almost every facet of its life. This seemingly insurmountable exhaustion is so vivid that, against the background of tiredness, the struggle for better life seems to be bleak and flimsy. Our tiredness is instigating the failures we are permanently faced with. Our ancient body is aching all over, and we are hurting from our historical tiredness. And the pains are so acute at times that a painkiller seems to be totally out of place. Low energy is felt in every human activity of this tired nation. We need some fresh charge. Shall we ever get it? And for what price?

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