The following article is written as my own personal opinion on the subject. Please don’t mind the sarcastic tone in some parts.
One of the harshest remarks I received regarding what I write is the following: Because you don’t write in the Romanian language, it’s clear that you don’t love the people of this country.
In other words: Because you write in a language other than your native one, you are a traitor and hater of your own people.
Honestly, I never heard of an UK citizen or USA citizen being told that because they write in Russian or French, they don’t love their people or their country. Maybe this preconception is applied only to foreigners?
So, let me get back to the matter at hand. Do I love the Romanian people?
Of course. My best friends are Romanian, my family is Romanian, many of the people I know are Romanian.
Do I love this country?
I love Romania, but I absolutely disapprove and dislike the way it’s being ruled and controlled by corrupt politicians.
If you are a foreigner and have no idea about Romania’s political structure, please read this, you’ll have a blast and laugh hard at it: We have a population of around 20 mil people and about another 4 mil across the border, most with no intent on returning. All those people are being led by a Parliament formed of the Senate with 176 senators (yup, you read it right 176!!! and still growing) and the Chamber of Deputies with 412 deputies (and there are so many parties here, I’m not even going to bother listing them all. Over 20 or something, but 5 main ones).
Not much you say? Let’s look at good ol’ USA. For a population of over 321 million with more minorities than you can count and name, we have The United States Congress composed of 100 senators (54 Republican, 44 Democratic, and 2 Independent) and 435 representatives (or the equivalent of Romania’s deputies, 245 Republican, 188 Democratic, and 2 vacant).
Oh and before saying ‘because bicameral parliament’, Romania also has a bicameral parliament.
I’m not going to mention USA’s more complex political structure regarding all of its 50 states (the “51 states” phrase, I found out it refers to allied territories with a high chance of joining the USA officially, such as Puerto Rico. If I’m wrong, feel free to correct me in the comments bellow).
It’s not the number of politicians that bothers me, but their lack of desire to actually change anything for the better. After years of doing the same thing, these are some of the results, or to be exact their dark side, which counts on the long run:
- Romania’s ancient archaeological treasures such as ancient ruins, cities, relics, etc, are being ignored/mocked/spat at. Some people have been reported to steal bricks from the ancient ruins to build their own homes just because it’s “cool”.
- The traditional values are being forgotten little by little and too few are even trying to bring forth the beauty of our folklore.
- The industry has been chopped up and thrown away piece by piece without even the slightest regard to the damage it would cause (well, scarp metal is worth a fortune right? Besides, nobody wants work places for young people!).
- The infrastructure is… well let’s just say the moon rover was met with fewer craters than it would have if driven on a Romanian freshly built highway or street. Oh, and it takes between 3 to 5 years to build a few kms of road because why not? The longer it takes, the more money the company is going to get, not like anyone is going to bother to stop them or tell hem otherwise. They can always blame it on the weather if something comes up. As for the quality, well that word doesn’t exist in their vocabulary. Funny thing about this. A while ago, when choosing the new Minister of Transport, the politicians debated seriously between choosing someone with a degree in roads and bridge construction, a degree in law and multiple management courses and someone who was an anthropologist and sociologist. Luckily, the president chose the one with the actual field experience… There should be a law out there stating that you can’t become a minister in something unless you have the degree in that something or somehow prove your competence by taking an exam.
- From pioneers in Aerospace Engineering, we ended up buying third hand F16 to replace our Mig21 (best the world has ever seen and can take down an F16 or Su27 with ease (pilot skills confirmed as well)). Our navy isn’t doing any better either, but there are rumors of an upgrade on the way. Even so, we aren’t even bothered about research in those two domains. The safety of our brave soldiers? Bah! What’s that?
- Education is well… becoming a serious joke. Exams are getting easier with each passing year, the teachers aren’t bothered with doing their jobs (there are cases in which they don’t even know the basics of what they teach), the students don’t see a need in learning anything because no one even bothers to explain them why they would need to learn to read, write, or know math. At the very least there are still some who manage to overcome these aspects, but it shouldn’t be like that.
All of these can be changed in less than a year. The solutions are out there, and I’m not talking about some fantasy book about an untold Utopia, but actual laws applied in foreign states such as Germany, UK, France, Japan, USA, even Russia. These are just a few, but there are many countries out there who showed a system that works and can easily be applied in Romania, but as long as it’s not very profitable even if it’s good, the politicians don’t care.
The question then comes, but those are the things the people of the country must do, right?
Not really. It may seem like we have the power to change something, but we aren’t even aware of what we could change and into what. We are left to drift on the wills of the politicians. A while ago, a reporter tried to let the world know of what happens here by attempting suicide in the parliament. The news, reasons, or even if those were valid or not were shortly after completely ignored. We are a democracy where only 588 people rule. We, the ordinary citizens, don’t have the right to know about what they want to change and are led astray by various words used only to pamper up the lies.
Example: When asked what they are going to do about the affected areas by floods, they go around saying stuff like: you know, we need to take into consideration this and that. We are fully aware of what’s happening, and we promise to do our best.
They keep it up like that for another 5 minutes. I’m starting to believe there’s a book out there called: “How to talk BS for hours at an end without giving away even a hint of a clear answer. First edition.”
Yeah, nobody wants to hear that. We want to hear actual facts: We’ll build this, we’ll make this, then we can try to do that, if that doesn’t work, we do that.
Yup, recently I’ve become aware of the fact that the Romanian state sold over 33000 hectares (81500 acres) of forest to a civilian FOREIGN company (for a low price too…). Now, a few more politicians can buy their most desired villas!
So yes, I disapprove, dislike, and maybe even hate that sort of behavior in my country. Does this mean that I don’t love Romania? I don’t approve and dislike the way it’s being led by money hungry, fat, and corrupt politicians. Romania means over 20 million people in and out of the country, not 588 politicians. I love those 20 million and pray that God may have mercy on the sins of those 588, because if I’ll ever have the power, I’ll fire their asses!
What does this have to do with me writing in English and not in Romanian? Well, I love the English language, always have and always will do. I may still have a few problems here and there with grammar, but I’ll fix them up in the end. Does this mean I’ll never write in Romanian? Actually, I would very much love to write in Romanian and spread my books in Romania as well, but surprisingly, I’m doing worse with grammar in this language than I do with English (I’ll get better at it). Unfortunately, getting noticed and striking a publishing deal here is EXTREMELY hard, that’s why for now, I’m writing a few books in English, then I’ll drop a few Romanian ones to some publishing companies here.
So again, I love Romania, I love the Romanian people, I love the Romanian language, I disapprove/dislike the current political system, I love the English language, and I love English-speaking people be them from USA, UK, or any other place because as long as we can communicate we have a chance to overcome our differences.
In conclusion, don’t ever think that if a writer doesn’t write in your native language, he hates you or your country! He may not have had the chance yet to be accepted by his country’s literary world, or maybe he simply loves that foreign language and doesn’t really care in what language he writes, he just wants to write.
Here’s something to think about:
- Do you need to judge the worth of an author based on his name/natal language/country he lives in or by what he wrote, the worlds he created, the characters he introduced you to?
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