By Sam Vaknin
It is a sequence of articles written and released in 1996-2000 in Macedonia, in Russia, in Egypt and within the Czech Republic.
How the West misplaced the East. The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the outdated and the hot, the plough and the web – it's all the following, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i may make it.
From "The brain of Darkness":
"'The Balkans' – I say – 'is the subconscious of the world'. humans cease to digest this metaphor after which they nod enthusiastically. it truly is right here that the repressed stories of heritage, its traumas and fears and photographs live. it truly is the following that the psychodynamics of humanity – the tectonic conflict among Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam – remains to be simply discernible. we're seated at a brand new Year's eating desk, loaded with a roasted pig and unique salads.
I, the Jew, in basic terms part international to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it truly is within the Balkans that each one ethnic differences fail and it's the following that they be triumphant anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and alter the single furnishings of this tormented region.
The ladies of the Balkan – buried less than provocative mask-like make up, unfashionable hairstyles and too slender clothes. the boys, clad in sepia colors, quaint fits and switch of the century moustaches. within the heritage there's the crying video game that's Balkanian song: liturgy and folks and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it really is like time commute. it's like revisiting one's childhood."
How have been the articles and essays contained herein – a lot of them translated and released in neighborhood languages – got by means of humans everywhere?
My readers from the Balkans reacted to those essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected shielding barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. and so they enable their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, global plots). I requested a resident of this tortured zone to write down the foreword to this publication. humans from different components, from relevant and japanese Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, notwithstanding less passionate. And Westerners – particularly people with curiosity in those areas of the area – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In studying this e-book, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this area and its surrealist desires and nightmares. this can be what I event day-by-day right here and it truly is my desire that I succeeded to exhibit the siren's music, the honeyed seize, the trap and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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Social capital can often be measured in cognitive (hence, verbal-lingual) terms. To monitor the level of comprehensibility and lucidity of texts is to study the degree of sanity of nations (think about the rambling "Mein Kampf"). There can exist no hale society without unambiguous speech, without clear communications, without the traffic of idioms and content that is an inseparable part of every social contract. Our language determines how we perceive our world. It IS our mind and our consciousness.
All intellectuals here – fed by the long arm of the state – are collaborators. True, all hideous regimes had their figleaf intellectuals and with a few exceptions, the regimes in the Balkans are not hideous. But the principle is the same, only the price varies. Prostituting their unique position in semi-literate, village-tribal societies – intellectuals in the Balkans sold out en masse. They are the inertial power – rather than the counterfist of reform. They are involved in politics of the wrong and doomed kind.
The intellectuals of Central Europe, of the Baltic States – even of Russia – chose to interpret these events to their people, to encourage freedom and growth, to posit goals and to motivate. The intellectuals of the Balkans failed miserably. Terrified by the sights and sounds of their threatened territory – they succumbed to obscurantism, resorted to the nostalgic, the abstract and the fantastic, rather than to the pragmatic. This choice is evident even in their speech. Marred by centuries of cruel outside domination – it is all but meaningless.
After the Rain: How the West Lost the East by Sam Vaknin