Fragments 60: St. Pavel and our politician – Fragments

Fragments 60: St. Pavel and our politician – Fragments
Fragments 60: St. Pavel and our politician – Fragments

Do they have anything in common, however distant?

Our (generalized) politician of the last 30 years, in the conditions of a kind of subcultural democracy: after having communicated with adverbs whose susceptibility gave him the illusion of unlimited power, he becomes an improviser (while at first he was an unrealistic amateur). Don’t wonder why we are the funniest country in Europe.

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He, the generalized he (or she), is scattered, unprepared, prone to the extreme or ambiguous due to unsuitability for clarity.

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It’s always a victim of the Aristotelian dualism I talked about in previous Fragments (according to it there’s only black and white, nothing in between), but that’s far from the biggest problem.

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The problems are not one and two, but I will draw your attention, referring somewhat to Cioran: for our politician, politics is a blade for career salvation, as well as for unconscious personal psychotherapy (more precisely, with unconscious deviations that sharply affect ethos). Here I exclude pure career benefit – usually, when we can’t do anything else, we become local activists of a certain party, and here you are, won’t you, a whole career.

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It is not from yesterday, read Aleko’s feuilletons.

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It is full of people who, through political activism, cleanse themselves of their miserable past, and easily teach themselves to live in a whole Choran “layer of darkness” to which they have been attached. Simply put, he/she knows the local mutts and provincial patricians in general. And he climbs his tiny ladder (a miniature replica of Smirnensky’s) as best he can.

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It is precisely this generalized image that is further simplified, it speaks to “you guys from Sofia should mind your own business, we know what’s going on here, we’re going to fight and fight”. And this somehow dismembers Bulgaria – one is in Varna, another in Saedinenie, a third in Sofia, a fourth in the Northwest.

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I.e. this generalized person becomes ANOTHER, overcomes his former torments, adjusts more and more to some sick version of himself, abuses it. And he would be terribly surprised if you explained the Bulgarian universe to him in another way.

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But it seems he can’t do without it: harnessing it in politics is key to our current political system. Ergo, the election is not a contest of ideas (let’s not be naive), but a contest of places who matches the “meaning” – ie. who there is a vote dealer, how much can he promise and deliver.

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So it turns out that voting has no particular meaning. And no matter how much my friend and somewhat teacher Valery Naydenov shouts (eloquently) about the majoritarian system in two rounds (he is alive and well), no party has any benefit to change the proportional system.

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Why? Because it just won’t do, even if it’s reasonable. I’m sorry.

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Are we not victims of a “mafia” collective mental software? I will clarify right away, so that no mistakes are made – this country and its resources are managed by people who are in opposition. We can fight back from protests, but the system is always one step ahead of us. While we – some, in fact – think of the political system as something with an element of mysticism, it has long since crossed over into that of no return – rudimentary pragmatism, in which man for man is forever hungry and as merciless as a desert fox.

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You remember, of course, Angelus Silesius, whose couplets constantly contradict each other and are on only one subject: God, but he had so many faces that it was not easy to declare only one to be true.

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That’s why we – you – are victims of a constant contradiction in the media, and not in a good way. It consists in the fact that the media prefers guests who give us the tiny goods of the expected, rather than inflame the mind. I personally don’t complain, of course, and I’m there sometimes, but I’ve always been very keen to explain larger cultural processes, and not just comment on the first level, like Cornelia or some other inept person said. And so what – the beloved half-genre, in which traditionally the talking heads leave the choppy waters of analysis (as a rule, there is never a synthesis) and sail comfortably in the stagnant swamp of political divination.

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As one friend joked, apologetically: WTF, can anyone even believe that Cornelia and Toshko are from the same school as Yavor Gurdev and Noisey?

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No need for an answer, this looks like a rhetorical question to me.

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But I don’t like situations in which simplicity replaces knowledge. I also have serious reservations about our unspoken general media culture (and pop culture) that the media exist only to deliver their product to the “masses”.

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If we assume a priori, as media, that people are simple, this takes away from us a posteriori the reason for existence, for intellectual mediation and education of good taste in everything. Think about it.

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The truth is that today’s Bulgarian media, unconsciously (because some of them are managed by poorly educated people), have little resemblance to what St. Pavel.

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Our man, who suddenly understood what it was about on the road to Damascus, suddenly turned Christianity into an intolerable and somehow responsibly aggressive religion (sorry about Russianism): he inculcated intolerance, indolence, provincialism. As Choran says again, with what indiscretion does he, without being an apostle, meddle in things that do not concern him and of which he has no idea?

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Just by the way: Paul refers to the old prophets like Daniel, but his reasoning about virginity, abstinence, and marriage can make a person cringe. In this sense, it is quasi-responsible for our prejudices – both in religion and in politics. Paul has established the norms of something that has paralyzed our instincts. And I don’t want to hear about his kind of first “mime” of the world (from “Corinthians”) that if you don’t have love, you don’t have anything.

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And you, otherwise, continue with the gas. By the time we understand about him and the geopolitical orientation, we have again missed the culture, the intellectual concern for the laggards in this regard, who stumble with their small mental steps far behind postmodernism.

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Author: Ivaylo Tsvetkov

The article is in bulgaria

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