What is the main feature of the new generation, the one that lives today? Maybe it's a lack of ideals, an obsession with the Internet, an enslavement to pleasure, an obsession with money, a cult of the body? Or all together?
Looking back, 21 years after the overthrow of the socialist regime, we ask ourselves: what has changed - for better or worse - in the life of our people over these two decades of transformations?
On the one hand, the gray atmosphere of the ghetto, shaded by nothingness, gradually dissipated. The redecoration of typical communist buildings (insulation and painting in different colors) is symbolic: he tries to bring a touch of harmony to the conglomeration of communist high-rise buildings characterized by the monotony, dreariness and spirit of concentration camps. This is what people are actually trying to do now - to give a beautiful meaning to their walks through the throes of life, which has flown by so quickly and hopelessly. Many cottages, like mushrooms after rain, have sprung up in the suburbs for those who realized that God put Adam and Eve in a garden, and not in a concrete cage. And for those who can afford it, of course.
I remember cities plunged into darkness, when electricity served as a tool of state blackmail due to its convulsive and rhythmic interruptions. There were no luminous advertisements at that time. Then I recall the oppressive ubiquity of Dacha cars (the most widespread and inexpensive Romanian car brand), which carried the spirit of annoying and maddening repetition everywhere, in which nothing new can happen except the endless and absurd speeches of Comrade N. from eight to ten in the evening. And also socialist magazines, fooling rallies, queues with glass containers in a string bag, fights over milk, pulls to get chicken liver, party ideologies, endless prohibitions, sports competitions of dachiada (sports competition in driving a car "Dacha") during the Liturgy, radio stations "Free Europe", "Voice of America", sounding from a tiny transistor "Ric" ("No less transistor!").
People today have become brighter, but they are preoccupied with wealth, the shelves are filled with goods, but their pockets are empty, they no longer read poetry, and the struggle around the Most Beloved on earth has subsided.
But enough self-flagellation and memories. What is the main feature of the new generation, the one that lives today? Maybe it's a lack of ideals, an obsession with the Internet, an enslavement to pleasure, an obsession with money, a cult of the body? Or all together? …
One of the most important features of a new age overflowing with freedom used for enslavement is superficiality. A petty disposition, a superficial mentality, an ontological swamp, a quick and heartless reaction, overwhelming emotions, but lasting only a day, a short memory, a compromise character, a market spirit, a meaningless smile, poor ideas, baseless arrogance - in a word, the very mediocrity of being.
I will explain: if a singer dies today, covered with glory, the next day everyone, shocked, will start listening to her songs again, squeeze a tear in the corner of her eyes, they will sing panegyrics to her from the TV screen, conspiracy theories will appear, imaginary friends will appear, dubious heirs will emerge, forgotten ones will sound melodies. Everyone turns into her fans overnight. But on the second or third day, the reverence disappears, the admiration cools down, the songs safely plunge into oblivion, and the star really dies.
Then the poet dies. All channels speculate on this moment: tear-stained reporters honor the memory of the people's poet, short-sighted experts scream about possible fraudsters or some kind of hidden crime, unknown people pour out their pain of loss, verses shaken out of mothballs sound. But after a few days everyone forgets about this, returns to their banal everyday life and deeply buries the image of the great who disappeared along with the memory of him.
We all know that a sensation is needed, that there is a pursuit of rating. However, the people's immediate, gullible and dependable positive response to media challenges is alarming. The fact that we have turned into an amorphous mass fashioned by several puppeteer directors is a sign that true values, equanimity of common sense, calm reading of a serious book, a constant smile at the sight of loved ones, a sincere prayer whisper in the illumination of the light of the Divine, an affectionate presence faithful guardian angel, the liturgical rhythm of the holidays - all this is beginning to disappear in the people of the new century. Now there is nothing left but the spirit of the crowd, intoxicated by the alarmist cry from the TV.
Watch TV more closely. 90% of the posts here sell anything. This is how we unconsciously lay down our lives, because we involuntarily begin to want what we see, in the progressive and irreversible enslavement of us by pixels. So the sources of folk wisdom dry up, so deep and cold mountain lakes turn into muddy puddles, warm, full of sin and worthlessness. We turned our backs on each other in disdain, and that's what happened.