Can We Cope The System?

Life is an amazing thing. It’s given to a person just once. Appreciate it. Together with the lives of other people.

Last Sunday 200 people got sunk on a ferry along the river Volga. 3 weeks ago a plane crashed in Karelia. Lots of Russian citizens died, what’s worse- there were dozens of kids. No one got fired. Or, maybe, someone got fired just “for the official statistics”.

Have a look: someone dies, kids lose their lives, dozens of people lose relatives and friends, they burn and sink. No one cares. One might say as far as the government gives some financial aid to their families, it does care. When did it turn out a person’s life can be substituted with the money?! Yet, people die. Planes fall down, boats sink, terrorists blow themselves.

Now just think of the blast at Moscow’s airport the past January. Someone just blew himself. In one of the biggest cities in the world. Just blew himself. And not in outskirts, but at the international airport. Where were the cameras and security? Who was on a coffee break at that moment?

Half of the year has passed, just a few people are fired. Someone “created” a mythological 20 year old who blew himself. Who believes that fairy tale? Who believes the fairy tales of 2 young bombers who blew Moscow underground in March,2010?

Those days all people were scared. Alena, 21, a student, says her roommates and friends were so scared that they took a bus to college. Students woke up 2 hours earlier just not to be blasted. Taking subway trains, Nikita, 21, a student, remembers he closed his eyes and counted seconds till the next stop. “People stared at each other as if everyone around was an enemy”, says the guy. Nikita remembers when a Muslim lady entered the car, lots of people left it. The others who were not able to do it, pushed the emergency button, and the train was stopped. No one knows if that lady wanted to blast anyone or if she was just going to college or to work or to meet up with anyone. Just the sign that people with Slavic appearance showed their attitude toward the lady in such a negative and unfriendly way means something. No one believes anyone. And that’s the most terrifying thing. Inciting religious or national hatred will lead to nothing good on the future. And this situation is the basis for it.

Alisa, 21, a student, was coming home after college. The girl saw a suitcase in an elevator. No one was near it. The girl called the police. The police car arrived in 40 minutes. Let’s point out Alisa lives in St. Petersburg City area, not in a rural area. And now think what if there was a blast? How many people would die? And the police came just in 40 minutes. Alisa was yelled at for “interrupting the police from their coffee break”. The girl cared about the suitcase, the police did not. Will the girl ever call the police anymore if anything happens? I don’t think so.

A few years ago Masha, now 21, a college student, saw a man lying in the street. Everyone passed him, the girl stopped. Masha used to live in Germany for a few years, so it was absolutely normal for her to stop and help people. The girl dialed the ambulance. One woman stopped to help the girl wait for the ambulance. The others were passing the man. The ambulance arrived in 50 minutes. And, again, that was in St. Petersburg City, on usually packed Stachek Prospekt. When the nurse saw the man, he said the man was drunk, and that Masha and the woman better called the police. Now imagine, a man is lying down in the street, he doesn’t move. Is the first thought to call the police or ambulance? I guess the answer will be “ambulance”. Masha tried to help, and she got yelled at. Will she ever help again? Maybe, but she doesn’t want to be accused of anything, doing the right thing. And now imagine the man hadn’t beeb drunk, and something serious had happened to him. Would doctors save him if the ambulance arrived in 40 minutes after the call? It depends, but in the majority of the cases the answer would be “no”.

Can each of us do anything? Yes, we can. A bit. Step by step. We are able to help when a person needs it. Treat a person like you would like to be treated. Never hope, always act. Work hard. The Future of the nation is only in your hands, not in someone’s else. Together the nation could change such attitude and break some stereotypes. Together means the alliance of every person.


Summer Time: Parties On The Run

It’s not a secret summer is time for parties all over the world. Youngsters wait for summer as if a miracle will happen. And that is understandable: the sun is shining, kids wear dresses that reflect summer mood, T-Shirts and shorts that show some tan.

Does anyone party during the day? Probably not. Kids love to chill out after 10 pm: it’s not that warm and there are no people in the streets so no one bothers. No one bothers the kids, but do kids themselves bother anyone?

Liza, 21, a college girl, wakes up early every day. She does sports, then goes either to college or to work. Her schedule is rather strict, and she likes it. “Summer is the worst time of the year”, says the girl. “I can’t sleep as it’s stuffy so I have to open the window. That would be ok but for youngsters who party all night long. I do have to listen to that as otherwise I won’t sleep without fresh air.”

What’s worse? How should tiny kids sleep? Oleg, now 7, used to have problems sleeping on holidays, especially on New Years. When 2, the baby was tossing and turning the whole night. The reason was simple: big boys and girls didn’t let him sleep. They were yelling, screaming and partying so loud that the kid was scared. Now Oleg is a bit older, he can drink champagne for kids and stay up to 11 pm on New Years, eating chocolate and watching his favorite “Cars”.

What would a person do if anyone prevented him from sleeping? Calling the police or talking to those who party?

Talking is a friendly way of resolving the situation. However, there’s no guarantee party animals will stop what they are doing. There’s no guarantee they will not use swear words or even fight.

Calling the police is the safest way. It should be the safest. However, see what happens when you dial 112 and then press 2. It’s success someone will talk to you and say “the police will be there in … minutes”. Will they come in those … minutes? Far from it. Be ready to wait for an hour. No one cares. Does if mean it a good thing to yell in the streets? It means that.

Every time Liza wants to throw a party, she warns every neighbor about it. Friends find it silly while the girl cares about the other people.

Treat people the way you want to be treated. Respect the others and take care of tiny babies who won’t get any pleasure out of listening to bad words and constant dreams. Or, would you like your baby listen to it?