How about more wisdom?
24 April, 2015
How about more wisdom?
At this editorial tim­e, I am using some bor­rowed wisdom to squeeze a wise interpretation from what I observe in Georgia. I admit that I cannot grasp the entire picture – the only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. I am not a rancorous critic of what I see around but only a compassionate well-wisher – a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. My intention is to put up a couple of red flags
for attracting the attention of those who need to be wiser for making wiser decisions, affecting the nation’s life – isn’t our destiny shaped by our decisions? Using only wise hints and tips, not otherwise! Let us start with an absolutely infantile question – are we the Georgians what we need and want to be? It seems that we are not! We want to be richer, stronger and wiser but we are not. We wish to be better educated but we are not. We pine for being deep into modern way of thinking but we are not. We crave to be freer as a nation but we are not. We fancy being way more independent but we are not. We long to become genuinely democratic but we are not. We need to be fairer in judging ourselves and others but we are not. We would like to be more in number but we are not. We have to be better versed in international affairs but we are not. We desire to be acutely conscious of our place in the world but we are not. We dream to be out of our territorial quagmire but we are not. We hope to be the NATO and Eurounion members but we are not. We covet to be a country with stable and demarcated borders but we are not. We hunger for being powerful enough to defy aggression against us but we are not. We are ready to be friends with Russia but we are not. We yearn for being taken seriously by the West but we are not. We aspire to be somebody in world affairs but we are not. We feel like being bottom-line oriented and hardworking people with good rate of employment and high standard of living but we are not. And finally, we just want to be happier and better provided for but we are not. And the reason of all this is that we cannot become what we need and want to be by remaining what we are. And there is no hope to unless we look at ourselves from outside and make a sober attempt to change. And when we look at ourselves from outside, let us be ready that it’s not what we look at that matters but it’s what we see. Scared? I can understand that! So it is the change that we want above all! Talking about a change, we have many times emphasized the necessity of altering the rules by which we are electing our officials but the electoral optimization has not yet taken place, and every time we elect a new government, we hear promises that make this country look and feel like a heavenly land of bliss and fun. Then we see the elected administrations humbled and apologetic, not being aware that promises mean everything but after they are broken, sorry means nothing. Yes, that’s how it is! No change is going to be possible unless we understand exactly and concentrate on the well-known wisdom that the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. And that inceptive step has to be wisely calculated and taken only when time is ripe. Otherwise, we will again and again miss the opportunities that by logic or chance come our way. The change will not arrive by itself. Change is asking for discipline and super-organizational stance because discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. Let us acknowledge that discipline is our weakest national point. We even have a destructive propensity to fiddle with our goals that were set before for a good reason and judgment, tinkering with budget figures to save the day, forgetting this plain conventional wisdom – when it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps! Explanations, even the smartest ones, are not helping when things go wrong for we all know well that the longer the explanation, the bigger is the lie. For effecting the necessary change, we need to acquire a sharp sense of priorities. It is not very wise to be permanently preoccupied with the past no matter how pernicious the bygone governmental dealings were, because giving up doesn’t always mean you are weak – sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. I wonder if the current Georgian rulers have heard the wisdom that the best way to destroy an enemy is to make him a friend. Strong and stable knowledge of how to introduce change would be the best companion for any incoming administration who has to beware of false knowledge because it is more dangerous than ignorance. Change is also needed in our unilateralism – our model of thinking ‘either east or west’ is no longer working beneficially. Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one we have. And patience of course! Patience is the companion of wisdom.
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