Why so critical?
14 August, 2015
Why so critical?
Why am I so critical towards my native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior and its mindset?

Genuine patriots revere their native lands but, at the same time, they cannot help revealing their nations’ weak points and faulty sides. In the famous words of an eminent Georgian poet and public figure, there is so much love in their hatred.

Look carefully into my editorials – this is the 403rd one in the
latest eight years of time – and you will see how openly and severely I criticize my homeland. Why am I so critical towards my adorable native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior and its mindset? Why am I so censorious towards the nation who I love with all my heart and conscience, and for whom I can easily sacrifice my life if it expects that much oblation from me? Why am I so inquisitively fault-finding towards the country whose good name I want to keep in high repute at all times? Because I care for Georgia so much that I cannot afford only praising it. Overly abundant laudation will harm the Georgian people. Self-indulgent panegyrics and eulogies would put the nation into unbearable stupor and dullness. I always feel like putting out red flags when I see the danger of this nation standing on the verge of a potential blunder if I am able at all to foresee the error. I am never afraid or ashamed of being a reasonable whistle blower when the situation is prompting me to do so. I sincerely consider it my job to give my affordable heads-up to my people if I feel that warning against the upcoming misdoing is indispensable. Genuine patriots revere their native lands but, at the same time, they cannot help revealing their nations’ weak points and faulty sides. In the famous words of an eminent Georgian poet and public figure, there is so much love in their hatred. This is the way I am – I say it by putting it in black and white and by eventually publishing it somehow and somewhere. It is a well-known fact that I am mostly writing in English, and my writings about our Georgian reality – both good and bad – are mostly for foreigners to read. As a result, I have often heard complaints and reprimands from my overzealous English-speaking compatriots about my excessive critical attitude towards my country that reaches foreign eyes and imagination. They think it all goes to the detriment of Georgia’s international reputation. My personal evaluation of the situation is absolutely contrary. An intelligent patriot would give a mirror to his nation – the same poet would say – but he would not take the blame for the disfigured reflection in it. Yes, I want our foreign friends and guests to know that we know what we are all about. We are not blind, neither are we funny stupid ostriches with our heads buried in sand; we are aware of it all, and we are ready to fight to make ourselves better. Let a foreign eye see and know who we are in order for it to have the right attitude towards us and to make right conclusions about us. Why should we let those erroneous inferences and concoctions be used for building those distorted impressions about Georgia. We are what we are, and we will make it for sure finally; so we are not afraid of self-criticism and self-research. Let every foreigner know that we are painfully conscious of our constitution having been retailored numerous times by our nearly dysfunctional lawmakers, proudly riding their comfortable parliamentary saddles and gazing with a blind eye on constitutional drawbacks that are still present in the long-tortured text of the land’s main law; let them know that we understand our election system needs a major repair, which is not done in good time for the next elections almost at the doorstep; let them know that we are concerned about the growing contradictions between our heads of state and government, and nobody is sharing with us the real reasons of their discrepancies; let us tell them that we hate both the providers and the gainers of upper hands, feeling happy and comfortable as a result when most of our good people are nonchalantly left to their own devices, not having the slightest idea how to get out of the trouble they are deeply buried in; let them be alert that we are all suffering from skyrocketing prices in the market place and plummeting purchase power of our whole-ridden and hardly patched pockets; let us make the cynically unconscious world around us aware that we are suffering real bad from the geopolitical unfairness and misunderstanding this nation has found itself profoundly plunged in, and our potential helpers out of it that are frozen at a languid political standstill instead of going into immediate action for saving the day for Georgia – naked, hungry and sick; let them hear – just all of them – that our standard of living has gotten lower and shakier, but we are being persistently told that we are much better off, so that we the people keep calm and quiet and the rulers feel strong enough to keep in there forever; let us scream together in English into those deafened foreign ears that it is high time to have the world get together in conference to discuss seriously and loudly what actually is happening to this beautiful country – one f the pearls of the planet – and why it is not capable of using its human and natural potential for rendering our life more qualitative than it currently is. Don’t you now understand why I am as critical as this?
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