Wednesday, February 11, 2004


Something interesting was in the paper yesterday. I am not completely sure what it means yet, but it may effect what you read here in the future. I will let you know.

And I have no idea what was said at the court meeting yesterday so I have nothing to report here as well.

I also for that matter, have no real understanding of how the court proceeded with their business, what materials they used or didn’t, and what any of their decisions (or non-decisions) might mean.

I’ll let you know when I do.

I thought about writing something politically oriented today but stopped. Why I stopped might be interesting to someone, but it is not especially so to me.

For a long time I used to like to say that I was apolitical, but this is obviously no longer the case. I do care about the world we live in and I have some issues I think are worthy of consideration. I mean, the plays I have written are about social issues and I at least like to think that people are aware of their connection to each other, and therefore eventually to the world as a whole.

I guess what I would like to see in general for Belarus is an overall raising of the standards of living. I am somewhat aware of the mechanics of actually doing this, and I have my ideas of how to do this, as most people here do. But when talking about Belarusian politics, who their current or future partners in business might be, and about issues of cultural expansion and philosophical reeducation, one simply must remember that we are not speaking of westerners, but people who have lived in an entirely different situation for most of this century. I am not making this statement to imply what is or is not possible, but simply to re-affirm that there are basic and intrinsic differences as to how people think about their lives between here and in the west. And, to be absolutely clear; though outrageous poverty is an enormous part of the social fabric here, it is not by any means the beginning and end of the argument. If anything, it would be better to say that there is here, an argument about money and property in general that extends deeply into the consciousness of the people here that simply does not exist in the west.

In other words, they do things differently here. And, they are proud of this. And, they are proud of this even if it is thrown in their faces that these differences might have a part in that poverty.

I think I will take a stab though at this political business over the next few days. Why not? But I warn you though that what I have to say might not be all that inflammatory. I say this because I realize that the things that I actually think of as important here probably have no place in the current national debate. My actual view of Belarus is quite local, and my interests have nothing to do with what may be happening Minsk. However, I think I will try and say a few things that might help. So I will.