Re: Editorial: A second opinion: Truth would heal communist wound, Vol 8, No 46, Dec 2 to 8
When I lived in Slovakia, I found that optimism was in very short supply. The 'we can' attitude is almost nonexistent, replaced instead by an attitude that there is nothing one can do, or society can do as a whole, to improve one's lot in life. On the other hand, the young are definitely more hopeful than the old and less likely to accept the status quo without questioning it. This gave me great hope that political and social activism would one day flourish. For it is a combination of questioning why society's problems exist, and what can be done to solve them, which the dissidents understood and which can be brought to use in modern Slovakia.
The future lies in the hands of those too young to feel hopeless, and too headstrong to worry about what negative consequences might result.
True positive change will come as the next generations take the reins of power.
9. Dec 2002 at 0:00