Lithuania and self-humiliation – what would they think of us?

16 04 2006

Mocking Lithuanians pays off in Lithuania. The popular culture and philosophy of ‘what would they think of us?’ is the culmination of the ancient tradition of self-humiliation, which was imposed by the Catholic Church.


What is more important – Lithuania’s public image or the real life of the Lithuanians?

Lithuania’s public image

The real life of the Lithuanians

Faith is most important

At the end of the 20th century, the media got into the habit of scoffing at Lithuanians, especially the elderly and farmers, as the ones who were so hopelessly spoilt during the Soviet times that they did not manage to adapt to the ‘western’ way of life.

The mockery of Lithuanians reached its culmination when the media and even some politicians began to refer to Lithuanians as ‘Jew-shooters’, following some fascist-looking Israel radicals. The humiliation of Lithuanians was beneficial to those journalists and editors who wanted to get more financial support from the funds controlled by influential organisations of the US Jews, who were already making plans of stealing from Lithuania the billions that, they say, once belonged to the Jewish nation.

The process of joining the European Union – a routine humiliation of the Lithuanians

When the Lithuanian government decided to seek for membership in the European Union, it was certain that the membership would be economically beneficial; however, the official accession negotiation ended up with the final agreement that in fact was detrimental to Lithuania. In addition, Lithuania was obliged to close its nuclear power plant, which made the membership a catastrophe for Lithuanian economy.

However, most Lithuanian politicians and bureaucrats were personally interested in joining the EU even under unfavourable conditions. Therefore, a huge pro-EU campaign was launched on the eve of the accession referendum; the media was either bribed or intimidated to support it; voters were paid for voting, etc.

Amid the great variety of measures deployed during the campaign the only one logical motive prevailed – Lithuanians were going to be ‘accepted into Europe’. A psychological atmosphere was created that the fact of accepting to the EU was a great honour for Lithuania, that Lithuanians is a backward nation of lower culture, facing an exceptional honour of being accepted into the ‘Europe’ of the highest races.

The humiliation of the Lithuanian nation pays off well because many Lithuanians are used to national self-humiliation

In all the above-mentioned cases, the humiliation of Lithuanians was a very successful strategy. Most of the journalists that were engaged in this not only ensured financial support from US or EU funds, but also became popular; the Jewish organisations are approaching their billions, and the former bureaucrats of the European Committee at the Lithuanian government, having moved to lucrative public positions paid from the EU budget, are perhaps having a good laughter at their humble countrymen.

So, Lithuanians consider the mockery and public humiliation of themselves to be something absolutely normal and even approve of it. Self-humiliation and even self-despise has become the norm of the Lithuanian public life. It is not surprising in the context of the history of the Lithuanian nation.

Catholics taught Lithuanians to be humble throughout many centuries

In the 16th century, under the influence of Jesuits, the Lithuanian Catholic Church became a ruthless persecutor of Lithuanians. Catholic clerics considered the Lithuanian culture and identity to be a symbol of backwardness and heresy, which had to be exterminated by any means.

For a long time, brazen humiliation of Lithuanians was a beloved method of the Catholics Church. Even in the middle of the 18th century, many Catholic priests were trying to convince Lithuanians that ‘Lithuanian language is good only for the stall’ in order to persuade them to speak Polish.

Anyway, public self-humiliation was one of the main Catholic virtues. Those who humiliated themselves in front of almighty Catholic clerics got their worst crimes condoned; those who did not were persecuted and even murdered.

The Catholic Church is again dominating Lithuania

Since regaining independence from the Soviet Union, Catholic propaganda has been overwhelming Lithuania again. The Catholic clerics are so closely related to Lithuanian politicians and the media, that they do not even use the word ‘Catholic’ when speaking about religion, as if Catholics were the only Lithuanian religious community.

Many popular (in Lithuania) religion-related words and phrases such as ‘the Church’, ‘the hierarchs of the Church’, ‘the believers’, etc. are used to refer to Catholics – it gives an impression, that other religions in Lithuania are undervalued, if not despised.

After all, social problems cannot be solved without speaking about them in public. The other way round, criminals and bribers are encouraged by concealing crimes or abuses for the sake of the good reputation. So, the popular ‘good public image of Lithuania’ unavoidably turns into continuous rolling backwards in reality. A good public image and a good real life are in this case mutually incompatible.

Perhaps, it could explain why the humiliation of Lithuanians has become so popular again. After all, the only historical enemy of Lithuanians that wanted to exterminate the Lithuanian culture and that was pursuing this goal during many centuries is being glorified in Lithuania now. Are we seeing the final result of this – the humble Lithuanian nation ready to lick the arse of every westerner of ‘higher culture’?

After all, this is exploited by the media that publishes ‘self-critical’ stories intended to make Lithuanians feel ashamed, move them to tears and then lucratively sell their unconditional obedience to everybody preaching on the TV screen.

‘What would they think of us?’ – the culmination of self-humiliation

One of the most blatant example of exploiting the Lithuanian tradition of self-humbling is the cult of ‘Lithuania’s good reputation’ – all the facts that could stain the Lithuanian public image are concealed from the society, often by leaving serious crimes of politicians and bureaucrats unpunished, by faking the official statistics, etc.

The cult is nothing but the official statement of inferiority of the Lithuanian nation. Claiming that Lithuania’s public image is so important means nothing but recognising that the Lithuanians is a backward, inferior nation, incapable of creating a decent state in real life, so the only thing that it is able to do is pretending being ‘westerners’ in front of the foreigners of the higher cultures.

After all, social problems cannot be solved without speaking about them in public. The other way round, criminals and bribers are encouraged by concealing crimes or abuses for the sake of good reputation. So, the so popular ‘good public image of Lithuania’ in reality inevitably turns into continuous rolling backwards. A good public image and a good real life in this case are mutually incompatible.

The worst crimes are justified by speculations on self-humiliation of Lithuanians

Now it is obvious that the price for ‘the good image of Lithuania’ is uncontrolled corruption and impertinent politicians and bureaucrats certain of their impunity.

Phrases like ‘what would Europe think of us?’ or ‘how would we look in the eyes of the world?’ helped to justify the worst crimes against the Lithuanians and the Lithuanian nation since regaining independence. ‘Foreigners would think that it is impossible to negotiate with us seriously’ – was the main argument for signing the famous contract with the US company Williams International, according to which, Lithuania lost hundreds of millions of dollars.

Unfortunately, ‘what would they think of us’ is and for a long time will probably remain the most promising public strategy for criminal politicians, corrupted bureaucrats and many others who understand how much they can gain by making Lithuanians humiliate themselves.

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