I worked on my masters in Romania. One day I hopped into a taxi cab and chatted up the driver. Romania is at a tipping point currently between between a freer society and reverting back into a more communist/socialist style of government. (go ahead and argue with me that socialism and communism are on different ends of the scale… I wipe the floor with you). Here was our conversation…
“Where is Romania headed?”
“I don’t know, I’m scared.”
“Do you have a family?”
“yes, one son who is 23.”
“What does he do?”
“He just graduated from college. He would like to return to communism.”
“Because apartments are too expensive.”
“So he’s willing to give up freedom of speech, choice, travel, and expression, all to save about $300 dollars per month.”
“Yes. And so are many of our youth.”
The drivers tone fell off as he gazed out the window of his independently owned taxi cab. He was in his thirties when Ceausescu was overthrown and hung. People were finally able to voice descent. The lesson of 22 years prior was already being ignored by today’s college graduates.
The ride ended and I exited the taxi… happy to pay my mortgage when I got home.