Editorial: Groundhog Day

Dear readers,

During the era of Socialism I took a particular pleasure to confront with my brilliant Marxism teacher. He preached about dialectical materialism, and I promoted the thesis that mediaeval Christian philosophy based on metaphysical idealism is true. They said, no divine intervention, everything changes. I argued that nothing changes, like Father Jorge from “The Name of the Rose” by Umberto Ecco exclaimed: there’s no progress, everything is just a sublime recapitulation. (The film was popular these days, with Sean Connery and Christian Slater, to remind you). I said that every sharp turn is in fact, a divine intervention in disguise.

Well, many years later, I see that nothing changes. The candidate “nobody voted for” clearly wins (like in the 90s), in Minsk protesters use the same logo and the same font of ex-Otpor from the 90s (instead of “Dosta!”, they just wrote “Basta!”). The protesters against Putin use the same yellow plastic duck as in “Don’t drown Belgrade” (with the pretext that Medvedev supposedly built some expensive duck house). Terrorism, wars and nationalism-chauvinisms did not die out with the new technology. The evil minds just use the new technology for their ghastly purposes. The people tend to choose strong leaders instead of strong institutions all around the globe, like in every crisis. They fear the unknown and foreign, like in every crisis. Like in the 20s and 30s. It is like a Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray wakes up every day in the same day, which repeats itself. Until once Murray understands that the way of from this neverending Groundhog Day is to do something substantial and something good. If you want to change anything, just do something and wait for the result. Divine intervention is OK, but I wouldn’t wait for it. Get out of your Groundhog Day or live it all over again.

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