am very glad to meet you all here in Bled. I welcome the opportunity
to express my thanks for you having accepted our candidature.
am not going to give a presentation of our company ... Nevertheless,
I want to share with you a few impressions in this auspicious moment.
wrote the application with the frustrating feeling of the step brother,
as there are many in the Eastern countries, who is begging for himself
and his world a kind embrace.
greeted you with a gesture which can mean either Hello or Bye-Bye.
As a Romanian philosopher said, you, the European people, have always
favored a society where a decorous smile, politeness and a courtly
greeting and handshake are the only measure for civilized society.
But, at the same time, you do not assert that some 1500 years ago
a European culture evolved that was to unfold, exploit, but still
educate with its values the rest of mankind. Thus, everything happening
now in the world and will take place in the universe tomorrow bears
the imprint of Europe. We, the Europeans continue to be conquistadors,
pirates, corsairs. But now we are corsairs of the spirit and this
changes everything !
you let the people live near one another as if they were one without
another. And being supported by an intricate technique, which not
only allowed you to get anywhere but rather, to get away from any
place, you took over and advocated the society of 'Bye Bye'.
you don't say this, should we, the outsiders, the outcasts voice it?
The great European personalities have taught us that two unique centuries
will prevail in the Annals of the World by the communion of their
you have welcomed us back today, like the wandering son who left to
expiate the sin of its family, we thank you for having sacrificed
the fat lamb and listen to what we have to say with the tolerance
shown to the newcomer who still doesn't know to play by the rules.
I have told you all these thing, things for learned and wise people,
because I realized that tourism has came to be the most powerful mass
media. From a very young age the child gets accustomed to holidays.
Then, from desire, alluring brochures to the holiday itself we create
the image, the illusion of happiness. We sell them their remembrances.
We are endowed with most effective means of persuasion, which would
have gratified even Apostle Thomas. This is the result of our being
continuously in immediate contact with life and reality, but reality
as we present it. Thus, we are simultaneously physicians, wizards
and businessmen. In such hard times, when the world is shaking on
its foundations under the ravaging struggle for power and greatness,
in times of bloodshed, famine or illness, we are among the few ones
who can bring relief and comfort. This is why I think that we have
to meditate upon this dimension of our craft, on the effects of our
actions lest the rush after money, glory, power or organizational
perfection should make us break that supposed oath of Hippocrates
which we should have taken when we made our start in this trade. Now,
at a time when this artificial environment was created by the multimedia
we should bring in and protect the human dimension of this mass media
too felt the need to know the scholars and the wise on my side! I
have written hundreds of letters to the western part and got no answer
while an entire system was falling apart around me dragging the former
to your kindness, I am here now, face to face with you. I suggest,
that together we should find the means to bring to this part of Europe
where I come from the system which should give this new means of mass
media to several million people, which are already accustomed with
this modern drug - tourism - which used to create their pleasant remembrances
and which is no longer accessible to them.
you for your attention and, again, for giving me the chance to be
here. I am looking forward to welcome you in Sibiu, my native town
and close with the usual greeting in our parts: the Latin 'SERVUS'.