Besides other characteristics, the Sochi Winter Olympics consecrate sporting successes, while also unveiling to knowledgeable spectators the secrets of sports training. The nuances of these secrets are multiple, but they essentially can be pinpointed to a strictly rational sports training. With an ascending and diversified continuity, accompanied by remarkable physical and mental efforts which however do not go beyond a reasonable and systematic character. The permanent, rational and truly scientific training proves to be – not only in sports – the “wonder” that elevates the human strength – be it physical or mental – to levels that cannot be attained in other conditions. Human, in the human behaviour – so fragile in general – it is precisely the consistency of ideal of attitude that can work miracles. It can deify the human being. Only those who participated, even occasionally, or carefully studies such a training session understand the all-out superiority of the effort of physical and mental strength as synthesis of a superior human behaviour.
Those who do not know this process from within and do not think too much about it explain these epochal successes through senseless, hence radical formulas. Such an example is the opinion of “occasional by-standers” who see things from a distance – also a rational one – and believe that such truly heroic sporting accomplishments are the result of a specific kind of drugs, available – also in medical terms – only to great champions. Such ideas appear only in the minds of those truly dazed by the currently available narcotics known as drugs. Because, in everyday life, the use of drugs is on the increase and the world, seen through the eyes of an addict, can only look as a world full of drugs. And the most tragic aspect of this social phenomenon is the fact that the respective vision which destroys the human being is present even at the tender age of childhood.
With this regard, Romania sadly occupies a leading position. A well-known international antidrug structure recently informed that about one in four Romanian students has consumed drugs, even if occasionally. Drug consumption also is on the rise in high-schools, as it is known that, while the amount of homework dwindles, drug consumption increases in terms of volume and incidence, and is present at ages that start with 9-10 years. This led to the situation in which, according to some calculations – today disputed as obsolete – Romania has at least 600,000 “official” drug consumers between the ages of 16 and 60. The aforementioned dispute over these figures results from the fact that the age of drug consumers today is in “free fall” and many of them remain unknown. Among others, also because the correctional schools of Romania are overpopulated with minors, so they are less accessible to the new drug consumers and pushers.
Under the pressure of drug consumption and, implicitly, of school abandonment juvenile delinquency gains momentum in Romania. No few of those considered as still “children” celebrate their adolescence in correctional schools where they were placed not only because of burglaries and housebreaking, but also of fatal stabbings using knives. Like in other situations, here too police excuses itself with the fact that the phenomenon of juvenile delinquency is on the rise throughout the whole EU.
Probably this kind of “European integration” is why the new Penal Code provides that some of these lawless youths are released from correctional schools and kept under monitoring at home, which they may only leave when going from, and returning to work. But the lack of electronic monitoring bracelets on one hand, and the fact that there are 6 times more unemployed youths than the number of jobs on the other, turns the “home monitoring” into nonsense.
The paradox here is even bigger as our ruling politicians, who live only for the moment, are only preoccupied with countering these social problems, but not with preventing them. This limitation also results from the fact that many of our social troubles are considered as “objective” only because they are also present in other countries of the EU, much more economically developed. The massive Romanian emigration is not only considered, but also stimulated by the government as a “positive phenomenon,” a “dream for the better.” Although precisely this massive emigration causes the disbanding of families and the abandonment of minors, leaving them prey to drugs and violence.
Unemployment and its consequence – illegal labour – are more widespread and damaging than our rulers will admit, and become a source of many antisocial deeds. Confronted by the media with such realities, our rulers of all political orientations show solidarity in explaining these phenomena as being specific to the transition period. And as they do not know very well where are we headed to and how long this process will take, they arrogantly lay the blame for these problems on the average Romanian who contents himself with all kind of improvisations and does not strive for professional improvement.
An appalling conclusion, same as the professional condition of many Romanian politicians. Incapable to think beyond the present moment, in order to realise that the professional condition of the average Romanian depends first on the social amplitude and quality of our education system. When you, real or potential ruling politician of Romania, remain impassible and sometimes even justify the cancellation of the attributes of ‘free, mandatory and qualitative’ from our education system, it is obvious that you will also not care about the fact that school abandonment in Romania tends toward a 20 pc figure. Also because thousands of schoolchildren from rural areas must walk long distances each day to the school situated in a neighbour village, because the school of their own villages has been transformed into a pub.
In these conditions, isn’t it clear that all this national tragedy accuses you, politician of Romania, as being the first to blame for this situation?