Generational Diversity
17 March, 2011
Generational Diversity

Who did what and who will do what in Georgia? I can’t go too far into the past, but I would definitely start somewhere around the turn of the 19th century.
Georgians who lived before the first large-scale Russian invasion (let’s call them the Pre-Tsar Generation) right at the dawn of the 19th century, spilled tons (Literally!) of blood in defense of the Motherland, Christianity and the unique cultural heritage, endowed by God and human talent onto this nation. That’s

what they did! The Georgians that came after – why don’t we name them the Gagged Generation – were nestled and muted in the Russian imperial arm-pit with no deodorants handy, squeaking in occasional protests against the tsarist regime. By the turn of the 20th century there came the Georgians – let’s say the Split Generation – who tore the nation apart between liberal and communist thinking and depleted the national energy in tilting against windmills, the wings of which brought and carried away the national independence of Georgia. This was followed by the Soviet Generation of Georgians which entailed the total mental debilitation of our people, having lost their creative vigor in a paranoiac struggle in favor of socialist ideals. Then the advent of the Generation of neo-liberators of the Nation! This happened towards the end of the Twentieth, ending up with a Georgia, grudgingly torn apart by Russia and left carping with one-third of the lost national territory, further ruled in semi-communist and semi-capitalist fashion. And all of a sudden, the beginning of the 21st century brought about the fresh generational wave of Westerners – let’s not call them otherwise – who swiped at antiquated Soviet-style management and undertook overwhelming changes in every walk of life in the country. With definite fits and starts, creaking through contradictions and protestations, enduring painful ups and downs, but with strong faith in radical change, the current Western-minded generation of Georgians has embarked on rebuilding the nation in fearless belief that Georgia has a chance. Time is passing and all this is being taken for granted little by little. What should be way more interesting though is that the future generation of Georgians – yes, the Generation of the Future – is clearly giving a sign of being post-modernistic in every possible way: their political vision seems to be focused on Georgia’s firm independence with all necessary attributes of its strong statehood; their economic vision of the country is likely to be free of debts and donations, concentrated on self-efficiency; their social and ideological orientation will only be based on preserving national roots and building Georgia into the overall structure of the modern world at the same time. The Generation of the future will know the ropes much better than any other previous generation did, including the Westerners. As the Georgian saying has it, motherland would rather have a son who is doing better than his father. Nothing can be healthier indeed!

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