Waiting for Batman

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.

8 comments on this post.
  1. Hagint:

    Great observation. I had never thought about it that way. Thanks!

  2. anna_40:

    nice observation, but why don’t you want to be the batmen? Or why noone in civilitas wants to take that courage to be the batman?

  3. Sona:

    Batmen go to places where change is possible. Hayastan is not the place where change is awaited. Ppl who truly deserve that change are not here anymore.

  4. Hermine:

    …or maybe …Batmen of this land choose to leave for better places to live?

  5. NP:

    our misfortune lies in the fact that we always try to compare with others saying: ”in any case if I don’t do this, there will be one to do it, what’s the difference …”. I fully agree, that everyone should start form him/herself. If I refuse the bribe to select a member, you give up and anyone else give up its turn, it will be selected only deserving people, if I refuse to give a bribe to give my child a University, you give up, it will be someone who deserves … if I don’t throw the garbage in the Street, You do this, then our streets will be clean. But we used to say ”what’s the difference, our streets are dirty, even if I’ll not pollute someone else has already done it….and so on…Kant once said. “indifference is the greatest enemy of society” and now we all have become indifferent towards everything by giving only the rule of “I…Me…”

  6. MH:

    NP nice said

  7. Linda:

    How do the courts operate in Armenia? If a land owner cut off water access to a town, would the courts step in to prevent this?

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