Hillside. Surprisingly, Lithuania is recovering (maybe the rest of the world too)

Hillside. Surprisingly, Lithuania is recovering (maybe the rest of the world too)
Hillside. Surprisingly, Lithuania is recovering (maybe the rest of the world too)

Governments (both peasants and conservatives) communicated so strangely, as if they were doing it for the first time in their lives, made up things from a lamp, dodged, sometimes openly spoke nonsense, then corrected themselves, and there was such an unbearable feeling in the air for many that everyone for themselves and no one else won’t help you

That’s how it is in life: only those who don’t expect anything from the environment and take all responsibility for themselves live peacefully. The problem is that a lot of people can’t stand this situation because they expect otherwise.

In our country, there are a lot of people of different ages (sometimes very young, sometimes very old), and they are stuck in a perpetual adolescence, where the whole environment is always to blame for everything.

The aggression against Ukraine, which began in February 2022, did not bring clarity or peace, and additional spheres of responsibility began to become clear to many: to take serious care of their own security and to help their allies as much as possible.

In particular, many were shocked by the fact that Lithuania has to increase its military power. “And NATO won’t defend us, how is it going?”, they asked, rolling their eyes.

Of course, NATO troops will defend us. The entire Lithuanian army is a NATO army. Every Lithuanian soldier and officer, every firearm and every unit of armored vehicles is part of NATO and, by the way, has the obligation to defend not only their land, but also the entire territory of the alliance, if it were agreed upon – from Portugal to Finland and from the US Pacific Ocean coast to Turkey.

Many were indignant (“we didn’t agree!”), just like when they found out earlier that if something is built “from European funds”, it is not only German and Spanish funds, but also our funds, which we ourselves pay into common European treasury.

And, by the way, if “Europe is borrowing”, then we are also borrowing, and we will have to pay it back too.

For a long time, it seemed that this eternal adolescence, the eternal denial of responsibility, like living with parents, would last forever, where everyone owed the minor and he would forever be angry and dissatisfied with everyone.

All the more so in the West – Europe and the USA had a very similar picture. Dysfunctional, lost societies were struggling against the leftist winds: it’s “take away the money from the police” in America, it’s millions of illegal migrants terrorizing cities and communities on both sides of the Atlantic (in the USA, in some places they can’t be called illegal anymore, you have to say they’re “undocumented” so as not to offend) , it’s “white privilege’s fault” and “black lives matter” (and if anyone says that all lives matter, they are immediately censured and may lose their jobs and be publicly branded as a racist).

Then it turned out that the circus of political correctness had already released its best clowns, when children who had not yet been sold cigarettes or opened bank accounts due to their extremely young age, began to choose gender and gender pronouns (not “he” and not “she”, but “they” ), because of which they could constantly insult and attack parents, teachers and passers-by who called them wrong.

The problem, of course, is not that a person wants to choose a gender or live with a person of any gender or identify himself however he wants, he can even consider himself a badger or a cactus, and that’s up to you. The situation was comical because most of them had only one goal: to feel like a victim, persecuted and crushed by society, which means – deserving of special attention and press pages and minutes of TV airtime.

Like those teenagers who watch videos on TikTok and self-diagnose various personality disorders, usually attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is a serious problem, but diagnosed by a doctor, not the internet. A fashionable disease for young people, also called foreign, is like the new metoo – here you were nobody, and here you are already news and you can feel special.

Now things started to change.

It is becoming increasingly clear that in America, which has been overseen for the fourth year by a very old and very tired man who is clearly no longer capable of properly performing even the basic public duties of the president, a new leader will probably be elected in November. And that leader will likely be Donald Trump, who seems unstoppable. To put it mildly, this is not everyone’s favorite political figure, but, like eight years ago, nothing stronger and better has emerged.

Even the left-wing media (in America, that’s pretty much all major media) has begun to reluctantly prepare for Trump to be president again, realizing that yelling with your eyes closed and ears plugged isn’t a good tactic, just like threatening to immigrate to Canada if he’s elected ( eight years ago, many promised so, but none of them emigrated after being intimidated).

The changes in the US could be quite radical, even to the point where local governments will be forced to comply with existing laws on illegal migrants, and immigration officials will not be able to let all visitors from Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador into the country. The horror when you think about it: existing laws will have to be obeyed.

And what has changed in Lithuania now? It was a wonderful Easter weekend, and not just because the weather warmed up and there were as many people on the most popular sightseeing trails around Vilnius as there are walking in the capital’s Old Town through Kaziuka.

I really liked the fact that without any punishment or coercion, and free will, as it should be, the big chain stores were closed on Easter Sunday. I would have liked it just as much if they had worked – I’m just glad that it was voluntary and the cries of banning shops from opening on weekends are becoming less common. Because, you see, that’s how it is in Germany, as if it meant anything to us.

In Lithuania, there will be no insurance for shops to work on Sundays, you will take my word for it. Like the infamous law (they invented it) to oblige restaurants to bring water to the table for free.

To me, it is a sign of the country’s recovery when unsolicited saviors are no longer fixing other people’s lives at someone else’s expense. All adults choose professions, jobs, working hours and days according to their priorities. And free water is in the stream, you just need to bring your own cup.

I have already said that if someone wants to be with his family on weekends, he can choose a job where all weekends are free. There are the majority of such jobs in Lithuania. If shoppers feel sorry for the staff, they can voluntarily make a decision to stay away from stores on weekends: the fewer weekend shoppers there, the less weekend workers will be needed, and in the long run, the number of stores that will be closed on weekends will increase.

This is exactly what happened with all-night stores (you remember, there were such in Lithuania): there are too few customers, it is too expensive to sell at night, and therefore the stores are closed at night. No bans were needed.

In general, the less government bans on businesses, the sooner they will become responsible by listening to their buyers and customers. Happy spring everyone.

The article is in Lithuanian


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