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Saakashvili’s policy makes one put one's head in the noose2011-04-05 21:09
Georgian authorities love boasting of their success in improving their citizens' welfare. They tell about the wonderful life in the prospering democratic Georgian state and assure that soon life will become even better, just like in Singapore. Against this happy information background, Catholicos-Patriarch Iliya II delivered a sermon yesterday where he touched upon the problem of suicide in the Georgian community. Common Georgians brought to despair by the economic experiments of the mediocre government prefer to commit suicide instead of waiting for the Singapore paradise.
economic experiments of the mediocre government prefer to commit suicide instead of waiting for the Singapore paradise.
Only the head of the Church is capable of telling the truth about the citizens' desperate situation under conditions of total lying.
Catholicos-Patriarch of the Georgian Church Iliya II fulfilled the Divine Liturgy at the St. Trinity Cathedral in honour of the great Christian ascetic John Lestvichnik (a Byzantine religious writer). However, remembering the Orthodox saint, who voluntarily performed ascetic feats fourteen centuries ago for the love of the Christian belief, in his feast sermon, the primate could not but touch upon the relevant problems of his contemporaries. Some of them reached such degree of poverty that even awful afterlife sufferings do not stop these people who prefer committing suicide to dying of hunger waiting for the Singapore welfare promised by the government. That was what Catholicos-Patriarch spoke about.
"When a man gets into a dead-lock, the smart ones say there is always a way out. Very often, people commit suicide. This is a grave crime and sin. No matter how hard it can be for a man, he must not even think of suicide. He must know that if he kills himself he won't kill his sufferings; they will just start", - Iliya II stressed in his sermon.
The Church has always acted as a comforter and a source of moral power even in the hardest times when the people had no hope left. Saakashvili's regime has brought the country to a state when it's time again for priests to give moral support to the forlorn nation. The hopelessness of the situation is best illustrated by the current wave of suicides that devours the Georgian society.