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Iliya II to bring Georgians back to their land2011-04-28 12:41
Time goes by and Georgia's problems remain unchanged. The same things are repeated day by day by competent people and those who simply care for the situation. Still, nothing happens. The Patriarch is calling to save agriculture, just like he did two years ago. In his Easter address, Iliya II says that the people's interest to their land should be recovered. In fact, he is merely repeating what he said on Christmas in 2009. But the authorities are deaf to the experts, the people and the Church.
Georgian government resembles a deaf asp. That is the way a poisonous snake indifferent to the sound of music is called in the Old Testament by psalmist David. This Biblical comparison is especially relevant when Sakartvelo's top echelons are deaf not only to the experts or the people but to the Church as well. The Church appeals to the Georgian authorities through the patriarch, trying to draw their attention to the country's urgent problems, but in vain. Times goes by and nothing changes for the better - only for the worse.
Patriarch Iliya II touched upon one of the essential topics in his Easter address. He raised the issue of agricultural development but not the way economic experts do it. The Patriarch connected the people's interest in their land directly to healthy morals and moral principles in the country.
"Creation of the basic social conditions and moral environment is essential for a close-knit family. The first factor is mainly defined by the country's economic position. I think that agricultural development will be useful for the improvement of the economic situation and, specifically, families. I have said already and I would like to repeat that it is necessary to set up the production of pollution-free products, take care of preserving local crops and revive the people's interest to the land. It would be good if the process was supported by the government and if it encouraged the process by way of subsidized and long-term soft credits as it is done in the western countries despite their maturity", - the Patriarch's Easter epistle goes.
It is notable that for the Church, agriculture is not just one of the economic elements. Two years ago, the patriarch explained the meaning of one's love for land in Christianity in his Christmas address.
"For our ancestors, wine and bread were associated with the Saviour's flesh and blood besides their traditional meaning and Georgian peasants had a special attitude to them", - the patriarch said in 2009.