The origin of wine and the word wine – ghvino
I’m in the country where archaeologists have proof that wine was produced here for the first time in history. From the word ghvino would come the word wine. Wine, symbol of time and meals with family and friends. When you have them in your garden, it can help the dream of a relaxed humanity. When, in addition, under subtropical and temperate temperatures, nature has offered you its beauty in the form of a snow-capped mountain range, a sea, rivers and gardens where fruits and vegetables abound, you are truly blessed. Life hasn’t left you with the message that “hard work” should be on the agenda.
Relaxed people, serving relaxed people!
In addition, the tourists who visit this garden in all seasons, are wonderful. They come to relax, not to work. Serving them is therefore not a difficult job and it suits Georgians well. Perhaps for lack of vocabulary, some people say that they are lazy. When they express themselves better it is more the desire to live gently.
All this would be perfect if the rich did not get richer and the poor poorer as a result of this windfall of visitors. If at least a large middle class could get out from it. It is growing, I am told. Yes, we are transforming rooms and long live Airbnb. Everyone finds a way to improve their lot a bit. Public benches are numerous and so are the people sitting. Opportunities are not passing by and are still to be created.
Importing everything does not inspire entrepreneurship
Here, the future is still very young. It still needs to prove itself and its energy seems to feel chilly facing the high hopes it holds. The money stays in government, where those who know how to rise to the posts of high officials become wealthy. I find here, as in India, and so many other countries, the dream of becoming a civil servant. May it be monotonous life, but may it assure my old age! If in your network, you are talking very passionately about entrepreneurship, here the government prefers to import than to build and encourage its people to create. So discourse about conscious entrepreneurship and leadership will take some time. Two centuries under Russian and Soviet domination leaves traces. Corruption? We dare not say the word.
Indifference to its people? Heads move to show they agree. From this apathy comes doubt if ever hope tries to inhabit you. How difficult it is to promote courage when there is no political will and interest.
The most serious is the indifference to an aging population which is left to its own devices with 200 lari (leg) per month (90 $ cdn). We add, “fortunately, old people alone are rare because there is always a family to take care of them.” And there again, silence speaks. This dumbness admits that sometimes the family is not always the ideal place to receive the best support. The families too, are poor and lucky if they have $ 300 cdn per month to live with. They are not going to offer glasses, teeth and feet. We grow old dressed in black, in silence, which is a language in itself, learned throughout tumultuous history. Are they tolerant or resilient? Maybe both. People here are kind, they like to get together with friends and families, have a drink and toast to peace, to friendship, and life. Outside in the street, they are not smiling, history of conflicts and invasion, too heavy a tradition, strong conservative ideas that crush freedom and lightness. To whom can I smile and open my heart?