What else should we pursue?

If we are moving on the way that many others have similarly passed before, the exchange of experience is perhaps one of the best guides-to-be.

They say that copying, particularly from others is not a good thing to do. Moreover, they also say that you should serve as an example for others with your behavior and activities.  “We should learn from our mistakes” is also a common advice we try to take.

I agree with the aforementioned if the matter refers to the formation and education of an individual personality. However, parallel to our independent practice and the decision making process in particular, we often learn many things from our surroundings. The latter phenomenon usually comprises the art of following others’ examples, but as we say –  never copying.

Indeed it is worth praising the very longing of being unique and independent that has also reflected on our multi-century attempt “to keep our face” throughout the history. However, if we compare how and how well we succeeded  in doing it, then it is a matter of controversial opinions and debates.

Just recently we were celebrating the 20th anniversary of the 3rd Republic of Armenia. Though being abroad physically, I was wholeheartedly celebrating it together with you. Following the symbolic parade in the Republic Square I was filled with an immense feeling of pride, for we are a free and independent nation. Notwithstanding this all, we still face a lot of problems in their range also the question of not having so many problems…

We are neither the first nor the last ones to have fought for independence, gotten it and chosen our own way to advance. A number of other nations have taken the same path and like we did, they also recorded many successes, and often more than we did. The latter refers to overcoming such challenges and solving such problems that we face on the way of developing our statehood.

I dare to say, we lack the well mastered competence and the skill of serving as an example and/or learning from others’ examples, that is to say we lack the competence of experience exchange mechanisms and of exercising it efficiently. I am not the first to speak up about this, but I also prioritize the presence of such a mechanism-skill particularly in the practice of governance and in good governance.

We must pursue our goal to make our state with double responsibility: we have the mission of passing our experience of building statehood to our younger brother Artsakh as well.

To be continued…

Heghine Helen Nazaryan