By Sam Vaknin
This can be a sequence of articles written and released in 1996-2000 in Macedonia, in Russia, in Egypt and within the Czech Republic.
How the West misplaced the East. The economics, the politics, the geopolitics, the conspiracies, the corruption, the outdated and the hot, the plough and the web – it's all the following, in prose, as provocative and vitriolic and loving and longing as i may make it.
From "The brain of Darkness":
"'The Balkans' – I say – 'is the subconscious of the world'. humans cease to digest this metaphor after which they nod enthusiastically. it really is the following that the repressed thoughts of heritage, its traumas and fears and photographs stay. it really is the following that the psychodynamics of humanity – the tectonic conflict among Rome and Byzantium, West and East, Judeo-Christianity and Islam – remains to be simply discernible. we're seated at a brand new Year's eating desk, loaded with a roasted pig and unique salads.
I, the Jew, in simple terms part overseas to this cradle of Slavonics. 4 Serbs, 5 Macedonians. it really is within the Balkans that each one ethnic differences fail and it's right here that they succeed anachronistically and atavistically. Contradiction and alter the single furniture of this tormented region.
The girls of the Balkan – buried less than provocative mask-like make up, unfashionable hairstyles and too slender attire. the lads, clad in sepia colors, quaint fits and switch of the century moustaches. within the heritage there's the crying online game that's Balkanian song: liturgy and folks and elegy mixed. The smells are heavy with musk-ular perfumes. it really is like time go back and forth. it truly is like revisiting one's childhood."
How have been the articles and essays contained herein – lots of them translated and released in neighborhood languages – got by way of humans everywhere?
My readers from the Balkans reacted to those essays with an admixture of rage and indignation. They erected protective barricades of self-aggrandizement and of my devaluation. and so they allow their ingrained paranoia run rampant (Jewish conspiracies, Western spies, global plots). I requested a resident of this tortured zone to jot down the foreword to this e-book. humans from different components, from principal and japanese Europe, have been extra argumentative and considering, even though less passionate. And Westerners – particularly people with curiosity in those areas of the area – reacted with nice, cathartic enthusiasm.
In analyzing this e-book, I want upon you the enjoyment and the revulsion, the darkish fascination of this sector and its surrealist goals and nightmares. this can be what I event day-by-day the following and it truly is my desire that I succeeded to express the siren's music, the honeyed catch, the entice and the attract of this tortured nook of the earth.
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The more he learns, the mightier he becomes – the more his might, the more he learns. To him, a virtuous cycle, to his hosts – a vicious one. In all this tumult, he does not lose sight of his original goals – power, money, fame, all three. It is a relentless pursuit, an obsessive hunt, a ruthless and unscrupulous chase. In his war, no prisoners are taken, no price too dear, no human in his orbit left untouched. He will manipulate and threat and beg and promise and plead and blackmail and extort to accomplish that which he set out to achieve: decision making powers, wealth, clout, exposure and resultant fame.
They volunteered to fight for it. They spied for it. They donated money and built hospitals, schools, libraries, universities and municipal offices. They supported students through scholarships and young leaders through exchange programs. They managed and financed a gigantic network of educational facilities from youth summer camps to cultural exchanges. They bought the risky long-term bonds of the nascent state, which was constantly fighting for its life (and they did an excellent business in hindsight).
Easterners, therefore, never talk to each other – rather, they talk at each other. They exchange subtexts, camouflage-wrapped by elaborate, florid, texts. They read between the lines, spawning a multitude of private languages, prejudices, superstitions, conspiracy theories, rumours, phobias and mass hysterias. Theirs is a solipsistic world – where communication is permitted only with oneself and the aim of language is to throw others off the scent. This has profound implications. Communication through unequivocal, unambiguous, information-rich symbol systems is such an integral and crucial part of our world – that its absence is not postulated even in the remotest galaxies, which grace the skies of science fiction.