I had a very interesting conversation today over lunch. A friend of mine and I were discussing the idea that Armenians throughout our history never had a vigilante who stood up for the oppressed people. We had uprisings and rebellions against foreign domination, we had epical heroes that revolted against the tormenters but somebody who would stand up against an Armenian tyrant, our own version of Robin Hood or Batman or the NYC Guardian Angels, this never happened.
There are so many stories in today’s Armenia where a village would be left without irrigation water and basically without food because a local oligarch would cut off the water from the source and would not let anybody to use it since on the other end was his vineyard that needed to stay dry and a whole village would just adjust and choose to leave for Russia or elsewhere instead of a fight. Yerevan’s public transportation is an everyday example how easy we adjust to discomfort and humiliation with no Batman in sight.
I can understand that culturally we are prone to adjustment, throughout our history, willingly or not, we had a lot of instances to hone this particular skill, but at the end of the day, at some point Batmen (or Batmans?) of this land should rise, because otherwise we are great citizens of somebody else’s country but when it comes to our own we just keep failing.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying we should all become vigilantes, but if each of us in our turn and place would not tolerate the things that are unacceptable this country would probably become a better place to live and change for the future generations may be even a possibility.