- thank you for the post Shansen
and hi to all of you - been reading ATS for years, decided to sign up now
.. i was so surprised to read your post , coming from Romania ;
and touching upon the same topics, as what i wondered since i was a kid.
( i ll try be to the point okay, please bear with me)
.. i m dutch, and since a kid involved in 'humanitarian aid' to your country, at smaller scale
(because it was very difficult to get permission for that), to hospitals, (church) communities, etc.
Especially during the 80's, the difference between the East and the West was massive; like another
continent. The west ended after Vienna - as did the highway. And the sphere in the atmosphere started
to change, after every further mile, almost tangible. When a teen, i got a girlfriend there, and went alone, also.
Than came that ugly border - a deserted place, no tourists, no traffic, and harsh officials, who treated you
like you d be the lowest of species - always 'wanting something in return' in exchange for not causing trouble.
- than, upon entering the country, everything was grey... the buildings were, the people were.. and the
opressive sphere was permeating everything. The people had like a 6th sense: i never understood, hów
on earth they could always see, that i was from the West - even i was dressed ordinairy - untill once
someone explained " that is because you are walking straight up, and are watching so frank and open
I tried to find out, whát was this 'difference in spheres ', between my own country and overthere, but could
not name it - only that it was due to the Sphere, that people from the west and the east did not understand
eachother - but only superficial. The mindset was too different. i ve seen conversations between westerns
and locals, in what both sides thóught they agreed on the same - but both interpreted the same words totally different. I was baffled.. and it d be
hilarious - if it werent so tragic.
Maybe a sociolog would consider that this is caused by cultural differences...history..etc ; all true - but
it was the Sphere, itself, that seemed 'to be alive', breathing, commanding, pushing the people into a certain
form of behaving and thinking.
I was living there, when something changed to the Sphere:
the moment, when the European Flag was entering Romania. (2002?)
..it was a disaster. I felt it. Whatever hardship the people had overcome: this Flag, and the Sphere that flag
represented, would kill them - their unity, their hope, culture, everything. And it DID.
and, just as you said, i can go to places where i ve been backthan - but it is like they are drained,
pale, surreal, lifeless; i d desire, they would speak again, like they used to - but they dont.
Many people have adapted 'consumerism' in such a way that they got superficial par excellence, now.
...all caused by that (new) Sphere.
point here -
this is a 'battle' of Spheres, who reign countries. Spengler noticed already, that " a culture is a
Lebewesen ", a living thing, permeating that countries people, minds and hearts.
...and right now, as you posted ( and others in response to that) , there is anóther Sphere looming up
on us - and its a very evil one, but posing as 'good'
thanks for reading