History is not easy even when it is a matter of a couple of decades of distance, let alone centuries or millennia
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Momir Bulatović and Borka Pavićević, Photo: Betaphoto
Momir Bulatović and Borka Pavićević, Photo: Betaphoto
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It seems that Montenegrins will be less and less in history, and more and more in hospitality. And service activities. And we believed that history was going out of our hands precisely because the service activities were not going well for us... Who will manage there. Maybe that's fair. We did not know how to deal with history while we had the right to it.

After all these school reforms (and reform is always a fire), the teaching of history is so sloppily set, programs are reduced to history as a collection of events, without any need to observe and explain historical processes, what makes history important.

The old Latins didn't make her a "teacher of life" because she remembered every stupid thing, but because of lessons of a different kind - at least you can learn not to make the same mistakes. And that's not a little either.

Again, what can we expect from an ideal subject but to be just such a being: who repeats the same mistakes over and over again.

Since the Hellenic world, the idea of ​​a complete personality rests on the premise that some knowledge (poetry, music, geometry...) is indispensable - among them history. The idea of ​​a whole man implied the art of being in the present, as much as the knowledge of what once was. History and geography, it was suggested - do they go from (some) schools?

Since one of the constant objections to Montenegrin society is that there is "too much history", is that a good thing? Of course not. Too much "school" history has never been a problem here. The problem with an excess of history is when there is too much of it outside of school - at home, at work, in a barber shop, in a pub, in a double bed... The problem with an excess of history is that it usually means a lack of school history. That is to say, serious, meaningful stories about the past.

But this is not without some... People who grow up without that kind of education will be material into which anything can be programmed.

History is not easy even when it is a matter of a couple of decades of distance, let alone centuries or millennia.

Let's say, young people who have no experience of the nineties perceived Momir Bulatović as much more benign than he really was. They remember him as a "former", in addition, Momir has always (ever since that time) "washed" with the people, so many (still) perceived him as the antithesis of today's Montenegrin politicians, although they all come from the same milieu.

He behaved decently, and he also had the mark of personal tragedy on his back, in the end, when he lost power, he knew how to leave it. Nevertheless, in the political sense, he was the emblem of the most rigid possible state and national conceptions.

When politicians die, people tend to exaggerate their praises, and when great rebels die, there is usually no (collective) admiration. This petty-bourgeois revisionism is always dangerous. And always to the detriment - of the best.

On the same day when it was announced that the first Montenegrin president had died, the death of Borka Pavićević was also announced. For my entire generation, she was a measure of non-compliance, an active colossus that proves that it makes sense, that after all, it makes sense to fight... She brought us together, on various occasions, caring and attentive, like the Great Mother of all the rebels here.

You don't run away from misery into big stories, but into mindlessly brave deeds. Hers Mirdita-Good day (a festival of contemporary Kosovar art that has been held in Belgrade for twelve years, usually with the security of hundreds of police officers... It is a feat that we are not only unaware of, but most of us don't even know about.

The Belgrade Circle, the Other Serbia (the one that does not "put up with crime"), the Center for Cultural Decontamination... all of these were (and) Her stories.

This Silence should be said - Borka was a fighter like few others. You mention her when you want to explain to people that the Left still makes sense. Even if they abolish history (or make a parody of it) no one can abolish our right or power to look at the present. And we see it for what it is.

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