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Demographic Crisis and the Faith of Lithuania

Author(s): Robertas Pukenis
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Visuomeninė organizacija »LOGOS«
Keywords: Demographic Crisis; Faith of Lithuania; moral; family; Church; European Union

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to attract the attention to the situation of Lithuanians in 100 years, if we are not able to change the existing situation. It is high time to think about the faith of Lithuania. Demographic crisis is deeper and deeper; the number of inhabitants is decreasing each year. With this article I will point out the negative factors ruining the nation. I have analysed all reasons raising the demographic crisis. The problem mainly turns round the family axis: a good family cherishes patriotism, strong and devoted families have more children, a good family educates children well and in such a way the evolution of criminality and decrease of human values is stopped. A good family is the cell of national rebirth. As a reason of that these topics are well interconnected. I. Emigration is the first factor which strongly shakes the society and still there is no end for it. In total 447 000 of inhabitants emigrated in 1990-2006. In 17 years only 80 000 people came to live to Lithuania. The National Government still does not possess the programme of returning of Lithuanians back. In accordance to the National Programme of Returning of Political Prisoners' and the Exiles from Siberia and other places of exile 4 500 people returned. The second factor ruining the state is the decrease of human values, having in mind the situation of criminality. II. Moral crisis of a Human Being when a person cannot live in freedom, and cannot see anything valuable except drinking. The expansion of drug using increases the threats for national security. "Alcohol is used almost by everybody, 44% of youngsters at least once tried drugs. All drugs included into the International Research Survey were tried by the youngsters of Lithuania. It is a pity, but in Baltic States the drugs expand mostly" ... Alcohol for a long time has already overcome the critical boundaries. Are there more factors against the state? III. It is the collusion against Lithuania. I dare to say that it exists. The existing situation in the state cannot be unseen. The corruption of courts is on the highest level. The blow-up with the State Security Department has been on for a long time. Disability to solve the problem quickly, to have at least one pure institution which protects the backgrounds of the state shows a big crisis in the state. What can raise the nation today? Is there any such institution, do we have enough such people? Could it be Church, 70% of inhabitants rely on it? Could it be the Government or the Parliament? The second National Movement of Sąjūdis which could involve more intellectual people help to determine, to make the model of the state guaranteeing economical conditions and moral values for the education and upbringing of a personality. Family. I have considered the essence of a family, the problems it has nowadays. What mostly mauls the cell of a family? How much the state could help in strengthening it? In Lithuania the legal base

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 53
  • Page Range: 76-88
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Lithuanian