Is Bulgaria Ready for Change?

Are we ready for change?

For those of you not aware of what’s going on in Bulgaria; the month of February 2013 is sparking wide-spread protests against many things – in particular the way that Bulgarian utility companies are operating, as well as endemic corruption.
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Amidst all these protests, I’m wondering one fundamental question: is the average Bulgarian citizen *ready* for change?
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There is a significant difference between protesting against something specific (e.g. like a very high electricity bill which is a large % of your monthly salary), verses protesting for systemic change. Additionally: there is a difference between simply protesting (don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to see the people take a stand!) and having an action plan for change!
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What needs to happen is reform in the government system from top to bottom: total eradication of the mentality that feeds corruption, complete transparency, massive elimination of waste and red tape, and a focus on government *serving* people: meaning implementing processes that *help* us live and work easier: NOT implementing policies that hinder, confuse, or frustrate us.

System change is also about incorporating a sense of personal and social accountability into ourselves, and in particular the people chosen to run our government, to use our tax dollars wisely. The closest model I can think of is the Swiss model – a government that most Swiss people I talk to seem pretty happy with (at least more so than most other governments)!

Without such systemic change, any new government is just a repeat of the past. If the previous party that just resigned returns to power – or whomever wins again – and conducts a little ‘re-shuffle’ of people, combined with some new ‘populist’ promises to lower utility bills, well… nothing really changes, besides 1 or 2 quick fixes. But the underlying issues remain.
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Are we actually READY for real improvement? Do we, as the MASSES, really understand and embrace the need for systemic reform? Are we not just FED UP with corruption and inefficiency, but ready to ACT for change?
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  1. Andrey
    Andrey says:

    I often wonder if it is something within our culture that makes us go over extraordinary length NOT to state personal demands directly. Like, expressing contradictory or not very well thought demands that are ‘for the benefit of somebody else, not me!’. 🙂 And then, of course, expect somebody else to figure out what we actually want AND deliver. 🙂 I don’t know if it is just a failure to communicate, some moral-values-related problem , some sort of desire to feel part of a great majority or else… I just find it ironic 🙂

    On the other hand, I’m kind of happy to see more and more people who believe their own future is mostly in their own hands. And I like that, because I’m a huge believer that governments don’t lead but follow …

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    • admin
      admin says:

      Interesting points Andrey!

      I like your expression that government can’t lead, but follows – this makes sense: if government is a representation of the people, as it should be, then it can’t lead. But… does this also mean that (since government is following)… *we*, the People, are not ready to abandon corruption and inefficiency? Are we still at a social stage where it’s all about “what’s in it for me?” By “we”, I suppose I mean the majority? If the government is a) corrupt and inefficient, and b) follows the people, does that mean c) that the majority of the people are corrupt and inefficient? And yet we would like to think of ourselves as otherwise?

      Or is there something strange and unique that happens when we join a group? Do we somehow shed our personal responsibility, intelligence, our values and traits, and “give” over these characteristics to this nebulous thing called the “group”, and somehow lose our personal values in the process?

      This post is about a question: are we ready for positive change. Maybe the answer, sadly, is “no?” We’re not that evolved. I’d hate that, but it’s possible…

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