Originally Posted by Prometheus
Oh don't get me wrong. I wasn't condemning Bulgaria for any of that. Just curious about a culture with which I have virtually no familiarity or knowledge. I wonder what it would be like to view the world from such a place.
Its quite an interesting perspective tbh. I grew up in post-soviet Bulgaria, and pretty much the current condition of our society is a result of the Soviet heritage. The country (as all countries in the soviet block) were literally separated from the outside world from half a century and when the iron curtain fell, people realized how backwards we were compared to the west and the same time we take huge pride in being what we are (this is valid for all Balkan countries), our history and culture. Which is quite paradoxical (like most things here) considering how much catching up we have to do we are quite stubborn and like to think we are better than everyone, just because we have 1400 years of history and have survived turkish "slavery". I know a lot of people would find it hilarious considering that we are 2nd world shitole compared to most of Europe and N America. But again i grew up listening to my parents and grandparents parroting how "everything" was much better under the socialist regime, regardless of the fact that they take advantage of the benefits of "free market" and they had significant shortages of food and basic items during the socialist regime.
As for Hitler and Nazis, there are quite a lot of myths about Eastern Europe in movies such as Eurotrip. This has to do with the fact that all E. European countries were very monocultural in terms of culture and ethnicity, which is changing quite quickly in Bulgaria and Romania. Nazis really touch the narrative of homogeneous/mono-cultural values and that's the main reason why some people are attracted to Nazi ideology, without realizing that if Hitler had one, we'd be a German province. As for my personal view, if i had to choose between being a German province and continued browning of my country, it's a coin toss for me.