Intergenerational Continuity
22 March, 2012
Intergenerational Continuity

National lore and wisdom are the values that need most care and concern on part of the generation which has turned out to be fortunate, smart and skilled enough to have taken over the helm of a nation (Any nation!) at a certain point in time, and have assumed the responsibility of steering a country safely through waves of high international waters and dangers of rugged domestic terrains.

Intergenerational continuity – smooth, wise, balanced and peaceful succession of thrones, crowns, presidential

seats or prime-ministerial posts – could be a matter of much bigger concern than it might seem to certain inexperienced and unqualified minds. As a matter of fact, the political type of succession between generations seems to be simpler than the continuity of thoughts on national survival and enduring maintenance of its most cherished values – both historical and modern-day ones. Well-thought-out and shrewdly prearranged intergenerational succession of judicious and advantageous administration of the country which is sagely grounded on the idea of intergenerational continuity of central national concepts should be an ideal version of propelling a nation into a better future. It is definitely not easy for a nation to learn how to analyze and make most practicable use of the accumulated knowledge and experience, hoarded throughout centuries, if not millenniums. It is not easy at all to learn how to respect the deeds of previous generations even if those deeds deserve correctional treatment at times. It is very difficult to learn how to forget personal resentments and bitterness, and learn how to make better out of the errors of others committed for diverse reasons at various times. It is extremely hard to make a healthy and well-calculated judgment about the nation’s long-term prospect without all those inestimable national values on mind. And it is practically impossible to guess what is the most optimal and comprehensive blue-print for a nation to follow without the thorough consideration of those priceless values, which makes the intergenerational continuity possible. And even if it is theoretically possible, a nation has a very slim chance to achieve that goal consummately. And still, we have to do the impossible! And if we do not have enough political, social and economic acumen for achieving this goal, then we need to pick somebody else’s mind. For example, in the Western political culture, the intergenerational continuity matters a lot – generations may disagree on many issues but they do agree on the basic principles of government and society. For this to happen here too, we, the entire Georgian nation (Not just a certain group of people!) should in the first place know absolutely precisely what these valuable national principles are (If there are any!) and have a desire and readiness (As a minimum!) to pass them from generation to generation, recognizing the indispensability of intergenerational continuity in matters political and otherwise. Better late than never!

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