There is a different, more masochistic option for celebrating the national day, typically opted by the intelligentsia — complaining about Ukraine’s bad luck throughout its entire history, about how its predator neighbors hate it, and how it’s condemned to remain a poor orphan, and a perpetual victim of imperialists.
But it seems that Independence Day and other holidays designed to celebrate the state should become a time for reflection by the government, the opposition and the intellectuals along the lines of Hamlet’s “To be or not to be.”
It’s needed badly to understand why Ukraine, throughout its history, has had such a vivid discrepancy between its colossal potential and the horrible reality. In other words, if Ukrainians are so clever and talented, why is everything so bad? And what can be done to make people active – not passive — observers, but citizens able to turn Ukraine in to a flowering garden, a nation for thriving in?