EMPTY EXPECTATIONS AND RHETORIC
By Bardhyl ZAIMI
It is summer time, vacation time, but also time to get out of the tunnel of fruitless political conflict. We have already become accustomed to countless clashes of political parties, which always put their narrow interests and very little public interest at the forefront. It is summer and the political sayings on many issues related to the fate of the European future of citizens have once again stuck political parties in their “casemates”. Each side with its arguments, each side, somewhere on the “horizon”, sees power as the only form of policy.
In the big theater of reception, political parties play “principles” and “well-being”, while citizens continue the frightening drama of everyday life, which becomes increasingly unbearable. The glasses of anachronistic politics prevent the gaze from extending beyond party conversation, beyond those discursive rituals that recognize only accusations and counter-accusations, which recognize infertile communications that do not respond at all to the desperate expectation of citizens for perspective and development. Citizens are eagerly awaiting a better life while this expectation shifts to other spaces that can sometimes take literary tones.
The great metaphor of reception has always been intriguing in the creative world. Reception remains a human condition that dimensions and gives human meaning to the future. In its most extreme form, it is, along with all its ‘discomfort’ and ‘intolerance’, a moment of transformation, transcending its former state. The reception since antiquity has created works of art that come with fascinating beauty in our time. As a striking vision, with the deepest notes of allegiance, comes Penelope’s acceptance of Odysseus, a literary gem that shakes your body. In the waiting room, she weaves her days one by one. Exactly, in antiquity we can find the two general states; the anticipation of return, as in Penelope’s case, and the anticipation of departure, which fatefully relates to the overture of the Trojan War, when Greek ships were forced to wait for days for lack of wind, then to head for great destruction. It will take one Iphigenia, her sacrifice, to break the status quo of reception. These literary paintings of antiquity represent a palpable, beautiful and at the same time fatal reception.
The reception as a comprehensive metaphysical status quo will be constantly treated by many creators, that will give ingenuity in their treatment. Dino Buzzati’s “The Tartar Steppe” remains the gem. At the same literary height is the reception of the colonel with fatal dignity in Marquez’s novel “No One Writes to the Colonel”. Undoubtedly, in these two literary masterpieces, the reception takes on much deeper dimensions that bring about the overwhelming shaking of human existence. Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” also explores precisely the state of reception, but this time in far more absurd, foggy, and essentially fatal dimensions.
However, let’s turn this literary expectation into a political environment here. A better life has always been promised, but in reality the old Avaz of abuse continues. Citizens have always suffered from wrong politics, from dead ends that narrow-minded politics have propagated as “bright” paths. North Macedonia already has a potential moment for opening talks with the EU in October. This seems to be a very important moment for the European future, but some commitments remain to be achieved ahead.
There are three issues that need to be resolved by October, so that the opening of negotiations is more likely. The political battle has now shifted to the adoption of the Law on the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the issue of population censuses and the amendment of the Electoral Code. At present the solutions to these three issues are far from over. In the context of the decisive wait for talks with the EU, it seems that politics, political parties are not even close enough.
Instead of creating a more relaxed atmosphere to focus on that wide range of political and institutional procedures for aligning practices with European vision, on the political scene we see already atavistic political clashes that require only momentary “victories”. Politics remains the art of compromise for the vital things related to the welfare of the citizens, not the constant propaganda campaign for party victories. But it seems that North Macedonia is doomed to repeat the wicked political battles that offer nothing but apathy and despair to the citizens.
It has already been said that the language of politics is a euphemistic language, a hook issued for fishing the will of the citizen to take part in the public, which then degenerates into pro-government propaganda. Political strabismus is a prelude to “totalitarianism aside”, to this collective state of affairs that involves giving up and refusing to be part of the “undermined” political field. When there is nothing more to argue about, usually only administrative matters remain. Emotions of empty rhetoric already know that this is a fruitful field of their political game, deprived of civic participation and silent to the last screams of reality.
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