Several days have passed since the street riots began and we are now at a time when it is more important than ever before to comprehend what happened, but, most of all, what is happening, how we got here and what for.
Also, it is similarly important, or perhaps, even more important than ever before to know what is next and what we have to do from now on. Because it is an absolute necessity that the things that happened, representing the trigger that started this entire gigantic movement would never occur again and that people would never need to suffer again because we all should know exactly who we are, what we want, what country we are living in, who is leading us and in what direction.
The entire drama that happened a week ago is the effect, not the cause of a massive accumulation of dozens of years – not just 26 years – of a certainty that should be the starting point of Romania’s genuine change and reconstruction. Which is the depoliticization of the Romanian state up to the finest details, and up to each of us.
We all are guilty of what happened. Not just a week ago, not just in 26 years, but in dozens and dozens of generation, one right after the next. Because a political class cannot exist besides social facts. This is how it happened and, paradoxically, this is how things are going on.
Political class is generated by social, it is a reflection of social so, we all are responsible for the political class we have at this point and we have always had, and for the effects it generated in our civil society, at all levels of our state.
The leading crisis we have suddenly found ourselves in, when we realized we did not want to go on with this political class represents the key element, that actually translates our national identity crisis. Because, up to the present moment, all we know about the notion of leader is related to the notion of political leader.
In the last 70 plus years, Romanian public opinion never discussed anything other than political leaders. The power of the Romanian state was always associated and assimilated in these years not with the people (except for the popularity seeking and demagogic manner practiced by the communist regime and still used after communism had fallen), but with names such as Nicolae Ceausescu, Ion Iliescu, plenty of “escu”, who never had and never do have any connection whatsoever with us, Romanians.
The terrible confusion arises from the fact that, if Romanians lack social opinion leaders, it is precisely because all they had was political opinion leaders. And, what is even more terrible at the time being is that they are sliding down the same slope, towards the same area of politicization of a phenomenon that is predominantly social, predominantly civic and predominantly apolitical.
We are unable to live outside the notion of political leader.
We are unable to think and get organized outside the notion of oligarchy and political hierarchy.
The street, people on the street, the massive civilian force attempting these days to redefine itself and to find human edges they can representatively send towards politics dangerously tends to invest based on the same factors: sympathies artificially created for the entire Romanian nation, circumstantial empathetic superposes, reflexes that answer the machine of media manipulation, identity shifts towards people who, similarly to alpha males, represent the most aggressive, daring, and, not least, dangerous and brutish of all people in the streets.
Let us not forget that politics, the present political class, has an extremely high and well established training and resistance to any combustive and threatening aspect related to them.
In the manual of survival of any political group in the world, there is a scheme of instructions for situations of crisis, for optimal management and solution in the favour of the same political class. And emotional factors such as disorder, mass hysteria, the lack of concentration and the withdrawal of popular forces towards a channel that would correctly direct these effects towards things that actually matter is the ammunition served by the people to the political class whom they showed to and served their repulsion at each riot or revolution.
Therefore, in order to provide genuine depoliticization of anything assimilated to political class and present state structures, in order to be able to be reborn, restart and rebuild a new political system, we must start, first of all, with the depoliticization of the way each of us thinks related to the people who, for dozens of years, have politicized anything that Romania’s life and being means.
This is the first and most important step we must take with the utmost vigilance.