Wilde, Wilde, Bulgaria

March 03

Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900).  Poems.  1881.

6. Sonnet on the Massacre of the Christians in Bulgaria

CHRIST, dost thou live indeed? or are thy bones
Still straightened in their rock-hewn sepulchre?
And was thy Rising only dreamed by Her
Whose love of thee for all her sin atones?
For here the air is horrid with men’s groans, 5
The priests who call upon thy name are slain,
Dost thou not hear the bitter wail of pain
From those whose children lie upon the stones?
Come down, O Son of God! incestuous gloom
Curtains the land, and through the starless night 10
Over thy Cross the Crescent moon I see!
If thou in very truth didst burst the tomb
Come down, O Son of Man! and show thy might,
Lest Mahomet be crowned instead of Thee!

***

March 03 is the National Day of Bulgaria.

This day is associated with the liberation of Bulgaria in 1878, after five centuries of Ottoman occupation.

As Ottomans represented a primitive military power with no significant achievements in culture, science, literature, music and art, the civilizational development of the Bulgarian nation during that period was severely suppressed. The mass executions of fighters for independence and their families and children, and of Christians unwilling to convert to Islam, as well as the “blood tax” – the tens of thousands prime boys at the age from 7 to 10 who were taken away from their families to be trained into Muslim fighters – Janissaries, had essential and irreversible genetic consequences on the nation.

Now, in our contemporary realities, we are badly missing the descendants of those national heroes.

If we consider the typical for that time early age of marriages, we can assume that the 25 or so generations to have turned in the country for the period of 500 years, have, under the extreme conditions, stood resilient enough to preserve all the major values of ancient Bulgarian culture, unique traditions, folklore, alphabet, language, and also religion.

Just one of the countless points in Time and Space, where civilizational values collided with primitive force…

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About lubomir todorov

The years of work and studies I have spent in countries of diverse anthropological, political and cultural realities like Japan, Australia, Russia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Czechia, and my numerous visits across the globe, were abundant in meetings and conversations with not only politicians, government officials and businessmen, but also people of different existential background, ethnicity, education and profession, philosophy and religion, social status and political inclination: aboriginal painters in Australia, US generals, Japanese Buddhist and Shinto priests, Majesties and members of Royal families, Russian scientists, street Mapuche musicians in Chile, British parliamentarians, Indian philosophers, Czech university professors, CEOs of top Japanese corporations, Chinese social sciences researchers, Dutch entrepreneurs - to mention just a few. Over time all this primary data, intertwined with the everyday inflow of information about human activities all over the world and their real-time consequences, were re-assimilated in my mind through the tools of philosophy, international relations, ethics, biology, economics, history and political sciences to gradually constitute a distinct resolution to re-examine my understanding about politics and the nature of human society. Making all the time hard efforts to keep the methodology machine uncontaminated by ideological, political or personal prejudice, I clung to one rule: If you aspire for the beauty of truth, it is only facts and logic that matter. Questioning the viability of human social and political behaviour and the capacity of existing political systems to lead to where people want to be, I believe that sooner than later, in pursue of sustainable prosperity, our humanity will embrace its ultimate imperative of Civilizational Thinking. Human Civilization is the spiritual dimension of homo sapiens group survival strategy that urges humans to mutually defend their strategic self-interest by generating Civilizational Values; and the optimal political environment for that is Universal Future: a global multifaceted platform on which all polities in their ideological, political, national, cultural, ethnic, religious, racial, etc. diversity exist, interrelate and compete with each other on non-violence basis.
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