Europeanism of Georgia
20 October, 2011
Europeanism of Georgia

The deeper I advance in years, the bigger becomes my infatuation with curious observations. One of the most recent ones that I have experienced is juxtaposition of Georgia’s belonging in Europe and/or in Asia. Tell a Georgian man he is an Asian, and he will shrug you off with a somber frown; tell him he is a European, and he will beam a cheerful smile at you.Ask a Georgian woman to describe her husband, and she will call him an

Asian if she wants to put him off, or will speak of him with pride if she thinks her hubby is a European type of a dude. What’s going on here, folks? Is there anything wrong with being Asian? Or is there anything terribly great about being a European? Neither one nor the other! You are who you are – that’s all! Let’s put it this way: I would not risk swearing on my long-gone parents’ grave that we the Georgians are purely and unequivocally European species, but I could also insist on our being to Europeanism as close as possible. And I don’t only mean our recently-formed vigor to join the European political and economic structures by any possible means – association with common European norms and values is so trendy today that Georgia could not have resisted the temptation, of course. Right now, we are probably in the middle of understanding the way Europeans approach politics, economics and society, and we are being very talented learners too. This said, I also need to remind Europe, and the World for that matter, that parliamentarianism, democracy and sense of national identity, fittingly inscribed into global developments, was nothing unusual for Georgia, speaking historically. There is no paucity of historical and other written records, corroborating that Georgian political and cultural renaissance coincides with the well-recognized Dark Ages in Europe. That was the time when Georgian monarchs used to be sagely consulting the Nation’s parliamentary body before making any significant decisions. I am not sure about Georgia’s appertaining to the European ethnology because peoples of Europe must have their own different origins, but I can confidently ascertain that our current Europeanization is a valid lively process, the vitality of which is supported by our readiness to promptly adopt and put in practice all that gives Europeans a distinctive identity. We trust in state as much as Europeans do; we recognize the importance of market economy, but we are not overly overwhelmed with the achievement of markets, having a vision of much more beyond it; respect for technological progress is so evident in Georgia that we have the same realistic expectations about it an Europeanist might think of; we are concerned about Consequentialism not less than a typical European; my fellow Georgians have practically zero tolerance for use of force in general, and we all firmly believe in Multilateralism within the framework of a reformed United Nations. Being a long-standing traditional Christian Orthodox nation, we are not allergic to a reasonable amount of Secularization of our society. Europeanism has permeated the layers of this society so strongly that there must be no way back! Even if the regenerated and now budding Europeanism of Georgia claims to eventually turn into full-fledged Pan-European identity, the inspiration is totally justified. There is nothing wrong at all with Georgia’s organic fitting into the European soul and mind, and certainly the way of life. This is so natural for us!

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