Georgian Youth Abroad
21 July, 2011
Georgian Youth Abroad

 

No names! No titles! No personal credits! No specific examples! Just overall reasoning around the theme! This editorial is about the Georgian intellectual power in aggregate, functioning out of this country.

The breakup of the Soviet Union a couple of decades ago did not only mean political and economic freedom for the former Soviet nations – it also meant the freedom for their youth to be scattered around the globe in search of high-quality modern education and lucrative employment. There must

be millions of them nestled somewhere in the world, trying to grab a piece of human happiness if possible at all. I personally know tens of Georgian young men and women – many of them my former students – who have gone away from their parents and native idyll, and are now somewhere out of Georgia and feel themselves as snug as a bug in a rug (Please forgive my nasty jocose tone!). Good for them! Why not? Many are happily (or are they?) married and loaded with half-breed kids, speaking anything but the Georgian language. Many of them are well off, some are rich and some are so highly qualified that they can simply influence (and are successfully doing so) human lives and world affairs with their intellectual power and outstanding professionalism. The youth of other nations are probably behaving the same way, but I am not as much concerned about them at this particular moment – it is the fate and the world-wide stand of the Georgian youth that bothers me most right now. There are outstanding Georgian scientists and doctors, physicists and mathematicians, writers and political analysts, actors and painters, athletes and coaches whose knowledge, skills and efforts are seriously contributing to the potential of various nations throughout the world. Just imagine if all of them, taken together, had a chance (and desire) to transfer their talents and skills by some magic to their native Georgia, what this country might feel and look like! Don’t you like the way my dreams can operate? Wow! I like myself – what a great patriotic dude I am! The only thing I am lacking is that magic wand I need so badly to do the job. But when I start thinking right away that there could not be enough arena and infrastructure for that much professional aptitude and expertise to be efficiently used here in Georgia, I become overwhelmed with a sense of bitter frustration. Think of it, there might not be enough room and suitable jobs for so many highly-qualified Georgian geniuses. Meanwhile those smart and gifted Georgian kids who have planted themselves anywhere around the Globe need an opportunity to apply their qualification in a maximum possible way, and also, they need to survive physically. Fair enough, right? What a bothering justification of their absence in Georgia! I should not have reasoned so incisively, but I did, for which I don’t think I should apologize – I know that some day in the future my dream will come true, and we all get together at home where we all naturally belong – east or west, home is best, isn’t this true?

 

 

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