We may level to nonetheless different qualities which decide the distinctive nationwide character of our individuals and clarify its evolution. It’ll suffice for me to emphasise however another: its inexhaustible historic optimism.
The Bulgarian individuals has by no means suffered for lack of religion. Each in instances of greatness, of the very best religious elevation, and in instances of slavery and struggling, oppressed and exterminated, forgotten by the remainder of the human race, our individuals has by no means misplaced religion in its constructive potential, in its inventive assets, in its future.
This religion, flowing forth from the depth of the centuries, is now our communist religion – nonetheless extra highly effective, extra stimulating, inbuilt as a robust armour within the breasts of us all!
The Bulgarian individuals is the creator, guardian and bearer of all these traditions and virtues. We, the residents of our socialist republic, are also, and can stay creators, guardians and bearers of those fantastic traditions and virtues!
Allow us to pay our heartfelt tribute to our individuals as a inventive individuals, a combating individuals, and a constructing individuals!
Historic processes, phenomena and tendencies are, after all, advanced and contradictory. Overflowing with respect for Bulgaria’s previous, we don’t neglect that hers is a historical past of sophistication societies and of battle between the lessons. In that previous, there have additionally been darkish durations when the forces of response reigned, in addition to harrowing well-liked and nationwide tragedies.
However no single oppressor, be he a foreigner or a home one, has ever been in a position to boast of getting subdued the Bulgarian individuals. Historical past remembers the highly effective motion of the Bogomils, and the victorious sword of the peasant-king Ivailo shines in it. The clattering hooves of King Ivan Shishman’s legendary cavalry resounded throughout the Bulgarian lands all through the 5 lengthy centuries of slavery. The century for the reason that nation’s liberation from overseas bondage has additionally been marked by ceaseless class battles. If the essence of our historical past is to be summed up in a single phrase, that phrase can be battle. And at all times, within the entrance ranks of that battle there marched Mom Bulgaria’s dearest youngsters, her brightest minds; there marched males of letters and educationists, haidouts and voevods, rebels and revolutionaries, and, over the last 9 many years, our personal Communist Get together.
These are the individuals and occasions we reward. These are the issues that give us a respectable proper to excessive nationwide self-confidence.
Achievements and its historical past
Our individuals respects itself, its achievements and its historical past. We’re happy with having been ’in a position to contribute one thing to the world’. Nevertheless, nationwide self-importance, nationwide vanity are alien to us. We respect the order in different households, and we’re grateful to everybody from whom we now have acquired something. We now have no have to take over the deserves or historical past of others; we’re glad with our personal. As for individuals who attempt to humiliate and slander us, to disfigure and rob our previous, to them we are able to repeat the phrases of the ardent Father Paissi: ’Learn your historical past!’