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Pan-Armenian: What does it mean to be Armenian?
Posted: Friday, February 23, 2007
Canadian-Armenian writer and thinker Ara Baliozian wrote in his diary (11 February 2007): "When it comes to our identity, the elephant in the room is the Genocide. Whenever Armenians are mention in the foreign press, itís in connection with the elephant".
 
Baliozian says: "What does it mean to be Armenian? I regret to say I canít come with a clear answer. In Greece where I was born and raised, I knew I was not Greek. In Italy where I studied for five years I never came close
to feeling Italian. In Canada where I have spent most of my life and where I also acquired Canadian citizenship (as opposed to being the offspring of stateless Nansen refugees) I know I am not a Canadian, which is neither here nor there because most Canadians donít know it either. I ask again: What does it mean to be Armenian?"
 
He concludes: "Perhaps being Armenian means, for me at least, to be open to all cultures and to reject all forms of tyranny and barbarism. And when I speak of barbarism I donít mean the barbarism of our enemies, but the barbarism that is within all of us".
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Comment 14

NOTES / COMMENTS
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The worst kind of disagreements begin with the words:
"I agree with everything you say, butÖ."
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I analyze our status quo.
My critics analyze me.
I analyze my critics.
Result: the status quo remains a dead end.
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After dealing with Armenians for nearly a quarter of a century, after being dependent on them as a writer, after being at their mercy, so to speak, and after being exposed to their lies and insults, I have developed an emotional allergy for all varieties of Armenian nonsense and I am more than willing to concede that I am not a good candidate for Armenian heroism, martyrdom and sainthood.
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Perhaps Nietzsche is right: The danger in dealing with fools is that one is liable to become a fool too.
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To how many of my fellow Armenians I could say: "The only time I agree with you is when you are silent."
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An angry reader once said to me: "Perhaps you should remind yourself once in a while that even the worst priest in the world never stops from being a man of God." And I was reminded of the bishop who once referred to another bishop as "that sriga (hooligan)!"
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In great historians (Thucydides, Spengler, Toynbee) Objectivity outweighs bias, which also means that being critical of one's own people and culture outweighs demonizing the enemy.
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Why is it that honest men are seldom or never referred to as smart?
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Armenianism should not be confused with Stalinism, fascism, fanaticism, and hooliganism.
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The easiest thing in the world: to pretend to be better than you are. The hardest: to be successful in convincing others that you really are what you pretend to be.
I have seen so many fail in that respect that I find it much more sensible to portray myself as much worse than I am hoping thus not to stray too far from reality.
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I have never been attacked by a pack of hungry wolves, but I can imagine what it must be like because most of my readers and critics are Armenians: the first nation to accept Christianity and practice cannibalism.
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We live as though our problems were insoluble; but we argue as though all of us had a minimum of two solutions for every one of our problems.
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Every nation re-writes history.
We are as much revisionists as the Turks.
Case in point: we are told again and again that,
since we were at the crossroads of empires,
we didn't have much of a chance for
peace, progress and prosperity.
What we are not told is that empires are not born but made,
and at the origin of every empire there were two tribes or warlords willing to negotiate, compromise and unite against a third.
So that, on the day one of our bosses or bishops says to the other: "I am willing to abdicate my position as number one
and help you to unite the community,"
we too may have a chance to become an empire
in a world of disintegrating empires.
But as long as our leaders place their titles, powers and privileges above the interests or even the survival of the community, we are destined to maintain our status as perennial losers forever at the mercy or at the crossroads
of bloodthirsty empires and savages
who have understood something we have refused to understand again and again: namely, there is strength in unity and a house divided against itself cannot stand.
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Posted by: ara baliozian   on Saturday, May 26, 2012

Comment 13

Article: Who is the Armenian? (in Armenian)
By Vrej-Armen Artinian
Source: Horizon, Canadian Armenian weekly, issue 1610, 03 May 2010
Summary: The author asks the perennial question about the identity of the Armenians. He describes the positive and negative traits in the Armenian character, analyzes the Armenian identity, giving examples from the Diaspora and the motherland. Invites the readers to think more about the Armenian identity and to define it, following their own observations and experience. Finally, he tries to explore where identity flaws and strengths may eventually lead the Armenians.

Published in Azad-Hye by permission

Click here to read the article.


Posted by: Moderator   on Friday, May 07, 2010

Comment 12

Հայ լինել աշխարհի ամենալաւ բաներից մէկն է: Բայց դա նաեւ բարդ է: Միշտ չմոռանալ մեր անցած ուղղին, պահպանել հայ մշակոյթը, կրօնը և լեզուն: Դրանք կարճ բառեր են, բայց իրանց մէջ հսկայական իմաստ ունեն: Էս մասին կարելի է անվերջ խօսել, նոյնիսկ մի գիրք կարելի է գրել: Իրականում մենք հայերս հայ ենք նաեւ հենց մեր սփիւռքով, որ միշտ մեր կողքին է եւ պատրաստ է օգնել իր հայրենիքին ամէն վիճակում: Դուք էք Հայաստանը, որ երբեք չէք մոռանում նրա մասին: Աստուած մեզ պահապան:

Հայաստանցի հայ՝ Արծի անունով


Posted by: ArtsY (Artsrun Khangeldyan)   on Sunday, July 12, 2009

Comment 11


Posted by: ZIDANE   on Monday, November 19, 2007

Comment 10

ՇՆՈՐՀԱՎՈՐՈՒՄ ԵՄ ՈՂՋ ԱՇԽԱՐՀԻ ՀԱՅՈՒԹՅԱՆԸ ԱՄԵՐԻԿԱՅԻ

ԿՈՆԳՐԵՍՈՒՄ ՀԱՅՈՑ ՑԵՂԱՍՊԱՆՈՒԹՅԱՆ 106 ԲԱՆԱՁԵՎԻ

ԸՆԴՈՒՆՄԱՆ ԱՌԹԻՎ:

ԱՍՏՎԱԾ ՊԱՀԱՊԱՆ ՄԵՐ ԱԶԳԻՆ:

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 Պիտ ելնենք անհաս   մեր սարը Մասիս,

ՈՒ չքնաղ լեռան   ձյունե գագաթին,

 Խմենք կենացը պապերիս...

 

Սոնա   Արշունեցի  -   Բրյուսել  


Posted by: Սոնա Արշունեցի   on Friday, October 12, 2007

Comment 9

Garen,

Is that you? If you have graduated from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 1997 pls contact me.

Marina  meubles.italdivani@bellnet.ca

 


Posted by: marina amendola   on Thursday, July 05, 2007

Comment 8

Dear all,

Do you know the song of the list of some practical questions?

...Answers to which will give you a taste of the little challenges facing Armenians...

- Where were you born?

- Do you have an Armenian first name?

- Is it spelled correctly in your papers? How about your Father, Mother, Grandparents etc..

- Did you go to an Armenian school? Did you get the best education you could get?

- Did you go to a foreign school? Have you ever had to defend yourself just because you were Armenian? Have you ever felt not so welcome amongst your own because you had a different background?

- Have you ever felt compelled to give a combined lesson in geography, history and politics everytime someone asked your name?

- Have you ever felt that you were much better than the non Armenian pears you are competing with for a certain job, position etc..

Consider the great milestones in life and you will observe that the list of questions can go on forever, or shall I say: till death do us part... Let alone our political challenges!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Please feel free to add any comment as we go...

Kind regards,

Ara Pierre Keusseyan


Posted by: Ara Pierre Keusseyan   on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Comment 7

SULTAN GOUZE TCHENCHEL MEZI..

ZARTIR LAO MERNIM KEZI..


Posted by: Chepadian   on Wednesday, May 09, 2007


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