Editor's comment
Always in Expectation
10 December, 2015
Georgia last felt stable, hopeful and unperturbed when the Soviet home of nations was still alive and kicking. As soon as the loud and hard-going Soviet collapse occurred a little over twenty-five years ago, Georgia’s calm and security were immediately gone, and the prolonged and frustrating time of inspirational exaltations and unfulfilled anticipations came in. Since then, a lot of waters have flown under the bridges of Georgia, things have changed, standard of living has moved up and down, spiritual and
cultural values have been reassessed, politicians have come and gone, people have rebelled to bring down the extant regimes, revolutions have happened and wars have been waged. What has not changed and stayed in place untouched are the hopes and expectations that continue feeding the nation with dreams about unconditional reinstatement of our territorial integrity, strengthening of our economic stability and guaranteeing of our international security. Our everyday life has certainly undergone progress, and nobody can deny that: Better homes, comfortable cars, cell phones, gyms with state-of-the-art gear, fashion stores, perfume and makeup offers, modern schools, renowned movies, paved streets, sophisticated catering, exchange of ambassadors, almost attained unalienable rights, nearly recognized consent of the governed, sporadic self-government, rough distribution of power, relative freedom of speech, nearly democratic elections, approximated independence of courts, scanty charity concerts, gala dinners, diplomatic receptions, business presentations, infatuating foreign trips, and more or less successful domestic geotv.gedevelopments. These are all actual components of our current existence that could be enjoyed by a certain segment of our population, but the nation is working on making those benefits more accessible to broader public than they are right now. One of the sharpest and most highlighted current expectations is the visa liberalization for Georgia by the European Union. The entire nation is sitting and waiting, holding its breath in anxious anticipation of the privileged friends’ decision, in whose hands Georgia’s future fates are clenched. The suspense is overwhelming: the government is already boasting the radiant and liberating prospect, and wants to take all the credits for the successfully fulfilled grandiose European act; the opposition is cunningly ambushed, calculatingly contemplating the dimension, extent and effect of the incipient governmental diplomatic and political achievement, which might very well effect the approaching parliamentary elections not in their favor; the people have started building castles in the air in hopes of joining their relatives and friends who are already living in the European paradise; and the Georgians with European passports, jobs and residences have gone into deep and unpleasant mulligrubs about the prospect of soon being attacked by their eager kin who hope to be finally fed and clad as a result of the cherished liberalization of their European visas. All those four categories look miserable notwithstanding the upcoming visa freedom dream soon come true: The government – because it knows that a splitting headache is coming with the territory; the opposition – because it is torn apart between the possible governmental achievement and the recognition of the act as one of the ways of letting our citizens breathe a little freer than before; the people – because they know that those freedoms never come without frustrations and payment trough their noses; the Euro-Georgians – because they feel the inevitable assault against their freedom, living space, time and finances. And the rumored predictions are that we might see long lines for flight accommodations in the direction of various European destinations. I have even heard somebody quip that Georgia might get drained of its rooted population as a result of the much anticipated visa liberty. Well, nobody can say whether this is true or not, but the presumption has every right to be considered as substantial and possible. On the other hand, if this happens, nothing of the sort will be taken as terribly astonishing in our drastically globalized world where people usually lean to move from place to place. And lands tend to be filled by those who feel fitter and happier to live there. So the absence of Georgians on this territory at some point in the future could be a case, especially with this demographic level and such desire to leave the country. The soil will get new dwellers and tillers before we know it. As the popular saying has it, a holy place is never empty. I am very far from giving the ominous heads up to the Georgian people. I am just presuming some amusing stuff that could happen to us when we acquire enough freedom to live and work wherever the fate and circumstance are propelling us. The only thing that is left to do here is to take it easy and see what happens. If part of our national happiness is in the coming up European visa liberalization, let it be so, and let’s get as much kick out of it as we possibly can. There is another solid expectation that our people are also not indifferent to – the NATO membership. Whether this is possible or not, only Creator would know it, not our rulers and politicians. But the issue is sitting on active agenda, and it has the proponents and objectors in comparable numbers, although nobody has kept an exact account of them. The fact is that the public expectation in Georgia is hot and dynamic. Didn’t I say that we are always in expectation of something good happening to us?