Are Bulgarians Their Own Worse Enemy?

Letters to the Editor | June 28, 2011, Tuesday // 14:46| Views: | Comments: 67
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The thing you become aware of when you first come to Bulgarian is the indifference to most things from the Bulgarian people and their general attitude to life around them. When questioned about this they quote the well-known Bulgarian turn of phrase- "what can we do"?

There doesn't seem to be any signs of insurgency from the people about anything and that's why the vermin (politicians, most people in a position of power and criminals) are robbing everyone. Nothing or no one is untouched by the Bulgarian syndrome of corruption and complacency.

The recent racist attacks on praying Muslims in Sofia have not really resonated with the populous and the response predictably has been small. It's the same with everything here and that's why the cartels and monopolies get away with murder- because they can!!

Bulgaria is the poorest county in the EU (with its wages well below the EU average), but still pays the highest price for its energy. It's a licence to print money for the energy companies here and the regulator is a waste of time and seems content with allowing the increases to go unchallenged. .... Libya and the Arab spring get the blame! It has also been disclosed that Rumen Ovcharov (the former BSP energy minister), was behind the signing of a 23-year natural gas delivery contract with Russian giant Gazprom, on unclear terms and also has murky ties with the Russians. What a surprise!

If the Bulgarians worked out that every time someone cheats the system, it's another hospital not going to be built or refurbished, the same with schools and lots of other basis things that people need desperately in their country to survive... It's self- destructive.

The only signs of dissent for anything come from the Nationalistic parties who yearn for the good old days (in the 7th century), when Bulgaria was respected and a force in Eastern Europe. Well maybe they should be re-writing their manifesto to include things that now need changing here in Bulgaria and not keep going back to the past!

It's a well known fact that the present Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is very thin skinned, hates to be criticised and on lots of occasions has changed his mind when the pressure is applied. So, the people must do just that in force and let the government hear their voices and get rid of the debilitating apathy that is hanging over the country like a noxious cloud.

I don't hold out much hope for a change of direction from the Bulgarians, but the alternative of maintaining the "status – quo" seems retrogressive.

Keith Gregory

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#67
hercules - 8 Dec 2011 // 11:02:18

Thenonymous,

Yes, no immediate hurry a few more weeks won’t make a big difference….

PS Just been offered a 2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid at a great price….. The only problem, it comes with the previous owner!!

#66
Thenonymous - 7 Dec 2011 // 19:53:35

After Christmas, too much to do just now...

#65
hercules - 7 Dec 2011 // 08:31:04

5 Ways to Make Bulgaria a Much, Much Better Place

This article explains exactly why Bulgaria stays the same and what is needed to change it.

People power and get rid of the apathy!

#64
Mihail - 2 Nov 2011 // 21:45:15

"You are a typical Bulgarian…. Say lots, but do nothing !"

hercules,

A personal attack? really? You have nothing more intelligent to say?
You should be ashamed of yourself stooping so low as to make unsubstantiated claims and personal allegations.
How can you know what I am doing and what I have accomplished on this issue?

#63
hercules - 30 Oct 2011 // 11:53:52

Are Bulgarians Their Own Worse Enemy?


“The thing you become aware of when you first come to Bulgarian is the indifference to most things from the Bulgarian people and their general attitude to life around them. When questioned about this they quote the well-known Bulgarian turn of phrase- "what can we do"?
There doesn't seem to be any signs of insurgency from the people about anything and that's why the vermin (politicians, most people in a position of power and criminals) are robbing everyone. Nothing or no one is untouched by the Bulgarian syndrome of corruption and complacency.”

Mihail,

You are a typical Bulgarian…. Say lots, but do nothing !

#62
Mihail - 30 Oct 2011 // 03:29:13

"Mihail,

This dialogue with you is becoming monotonous and uninteresting so let’s not waste any more time on it…

I don’t care whether you believe in Sociology or not, it’s not my concern, also your opinions on the Roma or Bulgarian in general."

Let the record show that:
- ankle will not debate what ankle sees as an important issue.
- ankle will not supply an example of a successful sociological theory, all that was required by Mihail was one or two sentences.
- ankle did not supply a vision on the Roma problem after being asked and after Mihail supplied his.
- ankle did not address the logical conclusion of ankle's views, i.e. why won't ankle live in the Roma ghetto or in a peaceful village to understand the issues better as a social scientist.
- ankle WILL NOT ADMIT that SOME Roma communities are perpetuating a culture of crime and a culture that doesn't respect any laws and a culture that doesn't care about education and welfare of children and family.

#61
hercules - 27 Oct 2011 // 16:56:15

Bulgaria Sees World's Largest Population Decline


“Bulgaria has the most negative natural growth rate of all countries in the world, according to a report prepared by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The Balkan country's expected natural growth rate for the period 2010-2015 is -0.7%, which places it last of all states in the world together with the Republic of Moldova, the report, entitled "State of the World Population 2011", has shown.
Bulgaria's population has declined from a peak of 9,009,018 in 1989 to no more than 7.3 million, according to the country's 2011 census. The decline is seen as a result of very low fertility and substantial emigration. Recently, the UN projected a Bulgarian population of a mere 5.4 million in 2050.”

It proves beyond doubt that the smart Bulgarians have disappeared to “greener pastures”, along with all their talents that are now desperately needed in their own country.

This is how the scum can continue to ruin Bulgarian and yet again no one even raises an eyebrow or cares!!!

#60
ankle - 25 Oct 2011 // 09:01:22

After Sunday’s catastrophe 2 in 1 voting shambles, it’s very easy to understand why Bulgaria will always be at the bottom of the pile, in terms of organizational and common sense skills.

It also shows yet again that other than a few voices of dissent from the press, nobody else cares or worries about what happens.

The apathy continues unabated !!

#59
ankle - 23 Oct 2011 // 12:37:03

Mihail,

This dialogue with you is becoming monotonous and uninteresting so let’s not waste any more time on it…

I don’t care whether you believe in Sociology or not, it’s not my concern, also your opinions on the Roma or Bulgarian in general.

#58
Mihail - 23 Oct 2011 // 08:01:13

ankle,

"It’s a fact and has nothing to do with my arrogance that Sociology does show us lots of ways society works and also sometimes the solutions."

I asked you a specific question. I know sociologists can explain things after they happen. Give me an example of one theory that has consistent predictive power, one theory that sociologists have used to better humanity with success better than that of a horoscope.. "Lot's of ways society works" is just a coverup for not having a clue how society works.

"it’s up to the Bulgarian Governments to integrate the Roma"

You haven't been listening to me. I am against any forceful action of this sort. All that is required for tolerance and acceptance, that will get rid of all our problems was if the government enforced the law on all citizens of Bulgaria.
And we need to start understanding that there is no such thing as "Roma", there are merely Bulgarians living in Bulgaria with different life-style. Anyone that doesn't agree with this is a racists and is against the idea of a civic nation.

"As I’ve said before, lets hear your views along with how you propose to solve the ongoing Bulgarian problems that is blighting and stagnating your country?"

I've given you my solution. Would you please share you wisdom with us. What did you learn in school?

"Of course I know that there’s a lot of crime in the Roma community the same as everywhere in Bulgaria, it’s endemic."

Are you going to admit that some Roma communities are perpetuating a culture of crime and a culture that doesn't respect any laws and a culture that doesn't care about education and welfare of children and family?
You think this is wrong, I say they have a right to live this way as long as the law is enforced for them. YOU would have them forcefully "integrated" like the communists that created this problem tried. How well do you think these stooges in the parliament are going to carry that out?

You keep evading my question, if you really cared about these problems, like a good social scientist, you would broaden your knowledge and experience and move to the ghetto for a while to gather first-hand data. Will you? "Yes" or "No" ?

#57
hercules - 18 Oct 2011 // 20:33:44

“NO ONE IS FLUENT IN ENGLISH I CAN SAY.” Can I say

”ARE THE BULGARIANS THEIR OWN ENEMY?”.. Are the Bulgarians their own Worst Enemy

”YES, THEY ARE!!!!”

”AND WHY DO YOU ALL HAVE TO IMPRESS BY USING NOT OUR MOTHER'S TONGUE ANYWAY?”

”THE BULGARIANS ARE STUBBORN, JEALOUS AND INSECURE PEOPLE, BUT THE MOST WHAT MAKES THEM THEIR OWN ENEMY IS THEIR NEGATIVISM WHICH ROOTED FROM THE COMMUNIST ERA OF EQUALITY AND IT BLOOMED AT THE PRESENT STRUGGLE FOR POWER.”

Well there’s one thing for sure you are not fluent in English!

You are also incorrect with your synopsis of what has made the Bulgarians so apathetic i.e. the Communists.
Under the Communists everything was controlled and done for the Bulgarians and they like that, but now when they have do things themselves it’s a big pressure having to think.

#56
EMILIAUK - 18 Oct 2011 // 16:26:00

NO ONE IS FLUENT IN ENGLISH I CAN SAY.

ARE THE BULGARIANS THEIR OWN ENEMY?

YES, THEY ARE!!!!

AND WHY DO YOU ALL HAVE TO IMPRESS BY USING NOT OUR MOTHER'S TONGUE ANYWAY?

THE BULGARIANS ARE STUBBORN, JEALOUS AND INSECURE PEOPLE, BUT THE MOST WHAT MAKES THEM THEIR OWN ENEMY IS THEIR NEGATIVISM WHICH ROOTED FROM THE COMMUNIST ERA OF EQUALITY AND IT BLOOMED AT THE PRESENT STRUGGLE FOR POWER.

#55
hercules - 18 Oct 2011 // 10:39:57

Two examples of how Bulgarians try and rip off tourists to their country and don’t care about the consequences to it’s reputation abroad.

Yesterday, two Italian friends went to buy some batteries at the market in Sofia and found four in a packet for one Leva. As soon as the seller realised that they were not Bulgarians, he said the price was one Leva per battery

They then went to one of the Bureau De Changes to change Euros into Leva, with a rate of 1.92 buying and 1.95 selling. When they tried to achieve the rate displayed they were told it had dramatically changed to 1.59.

#54
ankle - 14 Oct 2011 // 11:25:59

Viking,

I'm glad you are not on defence !

#53
ankle - 14 Oct 2011 // 11:24:03

“I like your honesty that you think Bulgaria is a laughing stock, this is why you will never convince people that love our country that they should listen to you. Well to me Europe today is a laughing stock, with their stupid ideologies and corrupt political class”

You are wrong and I do support Bulgaria with lots of other countries that come here and always talk and show the positive side, but because the Bulgarians do very little to promote their cause, it’s not easy for people not coming here to believe the good side and ignore the things they read or see on their TV’s


“You accuse me of not doing anything, but you didn't answer my question about how much money you donated to those poor people. Am I not doing something right now? I actually spend a great deal of time talking to misguided people in Bulgaria that have racial issues and try to convince them that this is the wrong path. I debate people instead of labeling them as crazy. I am in a struggle every day on these issues because this is my country and I have a personal stake for my safety and the well being of all of us. This stuff affects me personally, but to you it's a little game you play for self-satistfaction.”

As I’ve said before, lets hear your views along with how you propose to solve the ongoing Bulgarian problems that is blighting and stagnating your country?


“Please tell me what I've said was arrogant. You've told me that if only I'd study sociology I'd come to your view point. Isn't that arrogant?! Isn't it arrogant to proclaim yourself as the savior and philosopher king of Bulgaria? If only we'd listen to you and weren't so stupid, right? In all you posts to try to pass blame onto others and have not once admitted that there's a serious crime problem in some the of Roma community. But then you claim I am passing blame onto others. I am not blaming you or foreigners for our problems, I am blaming you for perpetuating them.
I don't consider this a blame game, every party has some part in it, but I'd prefer if you had some more humility and tried to understand the problem better.”

It’s a fact and has nothing to do with my arrogance that Sociology does show us lots of ways society works and also sometimes the solutions.

Of course I know that there’s a lot of crime in the Roma community the same as everywhere in Bulgaria, it’s endemic. But that’s not the issue, it’s up to the Bulgarian Governments to integrate the Roma and educating their other citizens on issue of maybe more tolerance and understanding. Unfortunately the Bulgarians have no empathy with the Roma and the self-destruction for the country will continue.

The person you should be praising is Keith Gregory who is the only one on here that does stand up for all Bulgarians, against all the problems they are enduring.

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