Vote. Rethink. What’s next?
I’m quite a vocal person, but when it comes to politics, I prefer to stay out of those talks.
However, this is one of the rare occasions on which I touch that topic publicly. The presidential elections that are taking place today in Bulgaria are one of the most absurd elections I’ve seen and participated so far. The candidates, in my opinion, don’t differ quite from each other in their programs. The statistical pre-elections results show that the Bulgarian people really don’t give a damn about their country, about their future and hence – for themselves.
So what I might say? That’s it. It’s Bulgaria. Well, it has to change!
I went to the voting station and saw just very few people going to vote. I having seen what the numbers that the media tell about the voting rates, but I really doubt that these figures would be high. On the contrary! And this is what really makes me re-think what country I’m living in. It is:
A Bulgaria that is populated by people that really don’t care about it;
A Bulgaria that is about to become a EU-member state but hardly manages to accumulate some money to deal with the problems of its citizens (for instance the „Sofia rubbish problem);
A Bulgaria that has 1/3 of its citizens living abroad and maybe for a good reason!
Speaking of the last point, I’ve wondered a couple of years ago after I graduated from the ACS, why some people so desperately wanted to go abroad, at any means, at any cost – an idea that seemed and still seems to be mildly speaking foolish. However, in the past couple of months, looking in the absurd Bulgarian politics and the politicians that are doing it, I begin to rethink that idea. It is true that in Bulgaria there are many opportunities for businesses to be started up and ran. However, there are also double the number of obstacles (legal, illegal, etc.) for obstructing
someone a Bulgarian to live quite normally in this country.
These obstacles are to be overcome only and only if there is the will the people to do something about it. Unfortunately, that is will is no foreseeable here. If I have to make an allusion to some great politicians, I would like to quote J.F. Kennedy – „Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country“. If we, Bulgarians manage to do this, we’ll have a proper, normal Bulgaria. If not, well…. you see what happens now in the present.