Saturday, February 27, 2021

Irresponsibility Day – Personal Attitudes


Recently, a proposal has been circulating on several networks on social networks to declare February 26 the Day of Political and Professional Irresponsibility.

Zoran Radovanović Photo: Mila Teokarević (Archive)

Forgetful readers should be reminded that that hilarious and ridiculous press conference was held that day, during which famous characters made fun of the new corona virus. There were pliable citizens ready to take the opportunity and come here at the promised Milan sales, but a little later came a pronounced neurotic intonation warning that unreasonable advice on brandy treatment and other silly messages must be rejected, because the cemetery will be small to receive all simple-minded suckers. they tend to trust their authorities lightly.

It remains for analytically inclined chroniclers to judge the motives of national leaders from this mini historical distance. There are countless examples of short-sightedness of our politicians, deprived of the ability to notice the upcoming troubles and at least try to face them in a timely manner. However, there were also people on the stage with high academic titles who literally giggled, making fun of “cowards” ready to believe in dangerous viruses.

There is a possibility that they were not really aware of what was happening, either because they had some trouble preventing the epidemiological situation, because they are skeptical of “Western propaganda”, because they blindly trust their leader, and he uncritically believes in himself, because they are warmed by faith in our genetic superiority or being obsessed with some other equally incoherent guiding idea.

An alternative explanation is the syndrome of helplessness, embodied in the poetically concise question “are I going to appear before Miloš” (read, before the virus). Thus, there is an awareness of danger, but also of insufficient equipment, lack of tests, limited other material resources, lack of staff and unwillingness not only of the health system, but also of society to successfully cope with an emergency situation such as the emerging epidemic. Is the solution seen in dragging your head in the sand?

That is how an Italian actor won an Oscar for the role of a father sent to a camp, where he shows his little son the horrors of war and killing as crazy and unforgettable fun. The child is confused by the events, but he accepts the game and mentally awaits liberation. The tactic in the film seems successful, but in real life, people are not a small child when a wise (?) Dad leads by the hand.

Let us return now to the proposed “holiday.” He is a symbol of our troubles, a paradigmatic picture of Domanović’s walk towards the abyss. That February 26 is the embodiment of all our 30-year delusions, reconciliation with destiny and, with the necessary personal changes imposed by time, apathetic surrender to the same leaders who pushed us into wars, drove us out of the country and ruthlessly plundered us.

The culmination of cynicism is that we have always been convinced of our supposedly bright future, while for almost a decade we have been at the bottom of the list of countries in the wider region, ranked by economic growth rate. Prosperity is not even possible in an environment that is unscrupulously manipulated by an authoritarian ruler like a formally uncrowned emperor. Such patterns of behavior have taken place in the modern world – the Central African emperor Bokas comes to mind – but they have not ended well.

From the ubiquitous material misery and economic backwardness of the most stratified European society, the collapse of not only the institutions, but the entire value system is even worse. The elite is contemptuously declared a pseudo-elite, and the Leader is humbly served by a group of people mostly composed of converts, fraudsters, diploma thieves, convicted criminals, and even suspected but protected murderers. The near future will show that there is no society that has based its prosperity on contempt for its own humanistic and technical intelligence.

Unfortunately, when that becomes clear, our so-called elite will be somewhere in the Caribbean. He will make an arrangement with the world’s powerful to get asylum, in order to prevent bloodshed and civil war, with the right to inn his stolen billions under his own or false name. The hand of justice will reach only to lower-ranking ministers and other “small fish”.

The average citizen, poisoned by the propaganda of the state media, will call for vaccination as proof of our success. Well, it is, but we do not know what is the material and, more importantly, the immaterial price of that feat. In addition, is one successful action enough as a counterbalance to all the homeless people we have wandered through for three long decades?

The same, by challenging the Leader, the already angry citizen will invoke the will of the people. The argument is meaningless in a country which, north of Ovča and south of Rušnje, is ruled not only by the media, but also by information-dense darkness. Had “free” elections been held in Italy or Germany in the mid-1930s, the winner would have been easily predictable.

If asked, this author would have two dilemmas. First, is it Irresponsibility Day or must some sharper and more appropriate qualifier be used, say Crime Day? Second, by choosing one, does it seem an injustice to the other 364 days, also loaded with deviations from common sense? We have already given the answer here: February 26 is just a symbol, condensate and representative of all our failures.

* The author is a university professor, head of the Health Council of the Assembly of Free Serbia and a member of the Council of the Association of Physicians United against Kovid

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